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Definition of turbid

1a : thick or opaque with or as if with roiled sediment a turbid stream
b : heavy with smoke or mist
2a : deficient in clarity or purity : foul, muddy turbid depths of degradation and misery— C. I. Glicksberg
b : characterized by or producing obscurity (as of mind or emotions) an emotionally turbid response

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turbidity \ ˌtər-​ˈbi-​də-​tē How to pronounce turbidity (audio) \ noun
turbidly \ ˈtər-​bəd-​lē How to pronounce turbidly (audio) \ adverb
turbidness noun

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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.

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the pond water became turbid from our swimming and splashing
Recent Examples on the Web The resulting flood, which experts described as an event that happens perhaps once every 100 to 200 years, swamped the city’s infrastructure, destroying homes, sweeping away bridges and turning roads into turbid rivers of mud and debris. Washington Post, "Hurricane Sally lashes Gulf coast," 17 Sep. 2020 That’s not an issue on overcast days or in turbid water, so slow down your retrieve in darker conditions. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Fish for Bass Like a Pro: Spinnerbait Tips from Kevin VanDam," 16 June 2020 White crappies can also tolerate warm, turbid waters, silted streams, and slow-flowing rivers. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Much of it reads like a nightmare, a dense and turbid vision of African-American history, a tortured questioning of how to survive as a black man in a white world, in Ailey’s day and now. New York Times, "Music, Theater and More to Experience at Home This Weekend," 16 Apr. 2020 Underwater optics have improved dramatically in recent years, providing distortion-free views and excellent performance even in turbid water or low-light conditions. Field & Stream, "10 High-Tech Tools to Change the Way You Ice Fish," 18 Dec. 2019 In June, in a lush valley at 4000 meters—more than two vertical kilometers below Chimborazo's summit—geographer Jeff La Frenierre stood waist deep in a concrete irrigation channel flowing with turbid water. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 This isn't rocket science Likethumb_up Replyreply Linklink Copy Reportflag a turbid ebb and flow 27 minutes ago Some of these comments are really annoying. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "‘They want to kill me’: American in Venezuela prison riot pleads for help in video," 17 May 2018 On their monitors in the control room, Matsuzaki’s team, connected to the Sunfish’s controls via the electric cable, could see only a narrow swath cut through the turbid water by the Sunfish’s lights. Vince Beiser, WIRED, "The Robot Assault On Fukushima," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of turbid

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for turbid

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

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25 Sep 2020

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“Turbid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbid. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of turbid

formal, of a liquid : not clean or clear : cloudy or muddy


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Kids Definition of turbid

: dark or discolored with sediment a turbid stream


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Medical Definition of turbid

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

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