indistinct

adjective
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

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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 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

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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 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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