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 Its indistinct nature contributes to its deadliness. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 28 July 2022 Adults drink an unspecified substance out of indistinct bottles. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 The duo repeatedly generated a muddy, bass-dominant rumble that devoured the contours of songs and saturated the mix with an indistinct sameness. Bob Gendron, Chicago Tribune, 9 July 2022 Only the dull and Pathfinder-esque engine sound and somewhat indistinct shifter feel generated any notebook gripes. Dan Edmunds, Car and Driver, 5 July 2022 Billowing though somewhat indistinct flavors of green fruit and mandarins. Domini Glicine. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 Between the album’s many attempts at confessional music is a sprinkling of the indistinct pop that Post has been refining over the years, clearly meant to keep things from getting too morose. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 Critics characterized the album as a creative nadir, indistinct and bloodless and never-ending. Alex Swhear, Variety, 17 June 2022 Mountains, trees and rivers were still present, but their shapes were only hinted at, rendered in gentle lines and indistinct forms as if a mist had descended over the vista. CNN, 12 June 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 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for indistinct


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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