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

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Other Words from indistinct

indistinctly \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ(k)t-​lē How to pronounce indistinctly (audio) , -​ˈstiŋ-​klē \ adverb
indistinctness \ ˌin-​di-​ˈstiŋ(k)t-​nəs How to pronounce indistinctness (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 From the hallway outside the caucus meeting, the muffled voices inside sounded like the indistinct conversation background noise that actors make onstage — rutabaga, rutabaga, rutabaga — with the occasional spike in volume. Susan Dominus, New York Times, "Hope and High Drama: A Year With Two New Democratic Congresswomen," 18 Nov. 2019 The restaurant serves a wide range of soul food favorites and is located in an indistinct shopping center along Armistead Ave. in Hampton., "Food find | It's no secret the Bo’s Burger is delicious," 27 Feb. 2018 The No Spot Twins were indistinct in the first days — a close pair of orange beltons (orange ticking, but no patches) that slept and fed together. Anchorage Daily News, "Advice on how to pick a puppy (from someone who picked the whole litter)," 17 Sep. 2019 The characters, possibly by design, are regrettably indistinct. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 16 Sep. 2019 Some indistinct border of decency had been crossed, it was decided, even if the team had no idea whatsoever what the problem could possibly be. Rory Smith, New York Times, "With No Argument on Substance, Critics Take Aim at U.S.’s Style," 6 July 2019 In terms of their flavors, Delish reports that the white balm has a super-sweet yet indistinct scent, while the orange lip treatment smells reminiscent of marshmallow. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Dunkin' Donuts Just Dropped Lip Balms That Smell Like Munchkins," 26 Apr. 2019 Another, of indistinct origin, asked their teacher not to give them a lot of homework. Washington Post, "Operation to rescue Thai boys in flooded cave starts," 8 July 2018 Sliding panels swiftly alter the configuration of the set, and the gauzy, indistinct projections are as slippery as the music. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Marnie’ Review: A Thief’s Secrets," 22 Oct. 2018

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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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The first known use of indistinct was in 1526

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17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Indistinct.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of indistinct

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


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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dull or mediocre

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