in·​dis·​tinct | \ ˌin-di-ˈstiŋ(k)t How to pronounce indistinct (audio) \

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

Other Words from indistinct

indistinctly \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ(k)t-​lē How to pronounce indistinct (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​klē \ adverb
indistinctness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ(k)t-​nəs How to pronounce indistinct (audio) , -​ˈstiŋk-​nəs \ noun

Examples of indistinct in a Sentence

indistinct figures in the fog managed to discern a blurry, indistinct shadow through the downpour
Recent Examples on the Web The contemporary Thai artist Pinaree Sanpitak, who paints hazy shapes that might be leaves, or breasts, or tear ducts, offers a beautiful contemporary exploration of forms with indistinct interiors and exteriors. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The breeze is gentle, carrying the indistinct sounds of children playing somewhere down the beach. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 His recollections of much more recent triumphs, by contrast, are already faded, fuzzy, indistinct. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Despite Bourgoin’s inclination toward facts and figures, his own memories could be indistinct. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 4 Apr. 2022 Yet even as the historical circumstances come into focus, key elements remain indistinct. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 The show’s premise, like its title, is both indistinct and somewhat trite. Judy Berman, Time, 18 Mar. 2022 It’s reassuring yet indistinct, confident yet vague, positive enough to get you on board yet slippery enough to evade the consequences when everything goes sideways. Rob Walker, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2022 As Odette, Carranza was competent if a little indistinct, and her Odile lacked dazzle. New York Times, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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in·​dis·​tinct | \ ˌin-di-ˈstiŋt How to pronounce indistinct (audio) \

Kids Definition of indistinct

: not easily seen, heard, or recognized indistinct voices

Other Words from indistinct

indistinctly adverb

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