blur

noun
\ˈblər \

Definition of blur 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a smear or stain that obscures

2 : something vaguely or indistinctly perceived The words are just a blur without his glasses. The whole weekend is a blur to me. especially : something moving or occurring too quickly to be clearly seen passed by in a blur of motion

blur

verb
blurred; blurring

Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to obscure or blemish by smearing windows blurred by fingerprints

2 : sully … an act that blurs the grace and blush of modesty.— Shakespeare

3 : to make dim, indistinct, or vague in outline or character His vision was blurred. digitally blur the edges of photographs bluring the line between fact and fiction

4 : to make cloudy or confused time had begun to blur her senses— W. A. White

intransitive verb

1a : to make blurs … the moths tapped and blurred at the window screen …— R. P. Warren

b : move too quickly to be seen clearly … it's like the … ride of a traveling carnival, with eerie lights and sharp turns on the rails and the odd unsettling image that blurs past you.— Adrian McKinty

2 : to become vague or indistinct distinctions between the two are beginning to blur

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Other Words from blur

Verb

blurringly \ˈblər-​iŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for blur

Synonyms: Verb

becloud, befog, cloud, confuse, fog, muddy, obfuscate

Antonyms: Verb

clarify, clear (up), illuminate

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Examples of blur in a Sentence

Verb

The tears in my eyes blurred the words on the page. His novel is based on historical occurrences but it blurs the line between fact and fiction. The two events have blurred together in my mind.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Looking back now, our four years of infertility blur together like a bad montage. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "My Long, Messy, Beautifully Complicated Path to Adopting My Son," 1 Oct. 2018 Dodgers Williams said the rest of that period in 2012 is a blur. Ed Barkowitz, Philly.com, "Where Phillies, MLB leaders were drafted," 3 June 2018 And so the trip went, a dizzying glide of flavors and destinations, the city passing by in a blur out the windows of a minivan that had been procured for our passage from one groaning table loaded with goodies to the next. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 All these games were designed for standard-definition CRTs, where the inherent blur of scanlines and phosphors helped smooth out rough edges. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "PlayStation Classic review: A far-from-classic experience," 27 Nov. 2018 And if the season so far has failed to hang together, some indelible moments emerged from the blur of 10 shows a day in three cities. New York Times, "Staying in the (Fashion) Moment," 27 June 2018 The first months of freedom were a blur — 10 days in Damascus, then to Lebanon, Turkey, and across the Mediterranean on a smuggler’s boat — but the vision of his friend remained clear. Greg Betza, Washington Post, "Syria, a love story," 1 May 2018 Or Reina Guevara and her family won’t be the only ones whose future is a blur. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump, our racist-in-chief," 13 Jan. 2018 The rear camera is a dual 12-megapixel system, with a wide-angle lens with switchable apertures and a telephoto lens for zooming in closer on your subject or creating portrait blur effects. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review: more, more, more," 17 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Not only has Yandex confirmed their locations, the scope of blurring reveals their exact size and shape. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Oops! Mapping Service Blurs Out Military Bases, But Accidentally Locates Secret Ones," 10 Dec. 2018 The result, has been features like portrait mode, which can intelligently recognize the subject of a picture and then blur the remaining background. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018 Some executives are wary of blurring the roles too much, worried that a few lines of glitchy code written by a relative novice could wreak havoc. Liz Hoffman And Telis Demos, WSJ, "Wall Street Erases the Line Between Its Jocks and Nerds," 18 Aug. 2018 Drive it long enough and all those auto museums, no-tell motels, throwback burger joints, and made-in-China tchotchke shops start to blur together. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Long Live Route 66," 19 July 2018 Higgenbotham said this is especially important for women over 30 whose lip line may have started to blur with age. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Pucker up! Here are the 6 spring (and Derby!) makeup trends you don't want to miss," 8 Mar. 2018 In a future where anyone is able to summon a cheap driverless pod at the click of a smartphone button, the line between public and private transport would start to blur. Bloomberg.com, "Self-Driving Cars Will Kill Things You Love (And a Few You Hate)," 13 Feb. 2018 Photography student Peter DeVito started using Photoshop and other retouching programs six years ago to blur out his acne. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Photographer Creates Brave Portrait Series to Normalize Acne After Years of Photoshopping Himself," 25 Jan. 2018 The doors of one home are steps away from the deck of another, effectively blurring the lines between private and communal space. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These Japanese homes were designed to encourage neighbor interaction," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of blur

Noun

1519, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1520, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for blur

Noun

perhaps akin to Middle English bleren to blear

Verb

see blur entry 1

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The first known use of blur was in 1519

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More Definitions for blur

blur

noun

English Language Learners Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that you cannot see clearly

: something that is difficult to remember

blur

verb

English Language Learners Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (something) unclear or difficult to see or remember

: to become unclear or difficult to see or remember

blur

noun
\ˈblər \

Kids Definition of blur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that cannot be seen clearly The ball was moving so fast, all I saw was a blur.

2 : something that is difficult to remember By now, my summer vacation is a blur.

blur

verb
blurred; blurring

Kids Definition of blur (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make unclear or hard to see or remember Adjusting the lenses just blurred the image further.

2 : to make or become unclear or confused Time only blurred his memory of the incident.

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