turbid

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adjective tur·bid \ˈtər-bəd\

Definition of turbid

  1. 1a :  thick or opaque with or as if with roiled sediment a turbid streamb :  heavy with smoke or mist

  2. 2a :  deficient in clarity or purity :  foul, muddy turbid depths of degradation and misery — C. I. Glicksbergb :  characterized by or producing obscurity (as of mind or emotions) an emotionally turbid response

turbidity

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turbidly

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turbidness

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Examples of turbid in a Sentence

  1. the pond water became turbid from our swimming and splashing

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Turbid and "turgid" (which means "swollen or distended" or "overblown, pompous, or bombastic") are frequently mistaken for one another, and it's no wonder. Not only do the two words differ by only a letter, they are often used in contexts where either word could fit. For example, a flooded stream can be simultaneously cloudy and swollen, and badly written prose might be both unclear and grandiloquent. Nevertheless, the distinction between these two words, however fine, is an important one for conveying exact shades of meaning, so it's a good idea to keep them straight.

Origin and Etymology of turbid

Latin turbidus confused, turbid, from turba confusion, crowd, probably from Greek tyrbē confusion

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TURBID Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of turbid for English Language Learners

  • of a liquid : not clean or clear : cloudy or muddy


TURBID Defined for Kids

turbid

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adjective tur·bid \ˈtər-bəd\

Definition of turbid for Students

  1. :  dark or discolored with sediment a turbid stream


Medical Dictionary

turbid

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adjective tur·bid \ˈtər-bəd\

Medical Definition of turbid

  1. :  thick or opaque with matter in suspension :  cloudy or muddy in appearance turbid urine



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