blur·​ry | \ ˈblər-ē How to pronounce blurry (audio) \
blurrier; blurriest

Definition of blurry

: lacking definition or focus

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Other Words from blurry

blurrily \ ˈblər-​ə-​lē How to pronounce blurrily (audio) \ adverb
blurriness \ ˈblər-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce blurriness (audio) \ noun

Examples of blurry in a Sentence

a blurry image in the foreground of the photograph

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This line started to get blurry as embedded software in electronic devices became more and more sophisticated. Richard Jensen, Ars Technica, "Hackers, farmers, and doctors unite! Support for Right to Repair laws slowly grows," 20 June 2019 But as a filmmaker, his endgame, messaging and true persona feel a bit blurry., "Review: Documentaries ‘The Lavender Scare,’ ‘Ghost Fleet’ and more," 6 June 2019 The iconic telescope launched aboard the space shuttle Discovery in April 1990, but a slight defect in its primary mirror caused its initial images to be a bit blurry. Mike Wall,, "Galaxy Distorted by Long-Ago Collision Glows in Gorgeous Hubble Photo," 1 June 2018 The lines between platonic boundaries will feel a bit blurry after Tuesday. Colin Bedell, Cosmopolitan, "Your Horoscope for the Week of March 5," 4 Mar. 2018 Fox, a 17-year-old senior, saw an average of one shot every 29 seconds Wednesday night, so the highlight reel in his mind is understandably a bit blurry. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "86 saves on 94 shots — all in a night’s work for East High goalie Lane Fox," 26 Jan. 2018 Even the smallest amount of exposure can cause blurry vision or temporary blindness. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Total solar eclipse moves across South America today," 2 July 2019 Sometimes those images were blurry or were not sent at all, the lawsuit said. Christine Hauser, New York Times, "Utah Family Sues After Son With Diabetes Is Kept From School," 29 June 2019 The line between centralization and decentralization is often blurry, and deep questions about the flow and aggregation of information in these networks persist. Quanta Magazine, "Smarter Parts Make Collective Systems Too Stubborn," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of blurry

1757, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blurry was in 1757

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blur·​ry | \ ˈblər-ē How to pronounce blurry (audio) \
blurrier; blurriest

Kids Definition of blurry

: not in sharp focus The picture is blurry.

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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