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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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 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 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 The features are indistinct, but what is there — a fedora, a striped tie, a certain barrel shape to the belly, a familiar stride — is enough to unnerve me. John Kelly, Washington Post, "An unnerving Father’s Day gift has left me pondering portraiture — and the soul," 18 June 2018 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 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 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 Another, of indistinct origin, asked their teacher not to give them a lot of homework. Fox News, "Thai officials clear media as cave rescue seems imminent," 7 July 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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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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