indistinct

adjective
in·dis·tinct | \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ(k)t \

Definition of indistinct 

: not distinct: such as

a : not sharply outlined or separable : blurred indistinct figures in the fog

b : faint, dim an indistinct light in the distance

c : not clearly recognizable or understandable : uncertain

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Other Words from indistinct

indistinctly \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ(k)t-lē, -ˈstiŋ-klē \ adverb
indistinctness \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ(k)t-nəs, -ˈstiŋk-nəs \ noun

Examples of indistinct in a Sentence

indistinct figures in the fog managed to discern a blurry, indistinct shadow through the downpour

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First Known Use of indistinct

1526, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indistinct

Latin indistinctus, from in- + distinctus distinct

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indistinct

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indistinct

: not easily seen, heard, or recognized : not distinct or clear

indistinct

adjective
in·dis·tinct | \ˌin-di-ˈstiŋt \

Kids Definition of indistinct

: not easily seen, heard, or recognized indistinct voices

Other Words from indistinct

indistinctly adverb

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