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 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 In 1987, researchers used a Sony Walkman to record Ripper making several peculiar noises, including mimicking the sound of the door to the nature center's aviary with uncanny accuracy and making mumbling noises that resemble indistinct human speech. Ben Panko, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Sep. 2021 Buildings two or three blocks away became indistinct behind a seeming infinity of raindrops. Washington Post, 22 Aug. 2021 Bradford, whose works employ indistinct figures and ambiguous scenes in soft focus that evoke dreamlike landscapes and psychological states, has shown at many major museums, including MoMA PS1 and the Brooklyn Museum, both in New York., 22 Aug. 2021 Despite its beauty, this interior always seemed indistinct, as if it were being viewed through smoke: the colors a little faded, the outlines a little hazy. Ew Staff,, 3 Aug. 2021 The abstraction of the gallery dovetails with the abstraction of my memory: blotchy, indistinct, non-narrative, yes, childlike. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 The landscape, blanketed by indistinct miles of mossy trees, gives way, fading to a tight frame of Gary Duncan. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 The game was set in an indistinct region of Europe, featured a huge arsenal of dark-age munitions, and players spent most of their time caught in the stormy, messy chaos of pre-mechanization warfare. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 29 May 2021 The inevitability of distraction and the indistinct boundary between work and personal life were already pressing issues before the pandemic. Hari Kunzru, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of indistinct was in 1526

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“Indistinct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indistinct

: not easily seen, heard, or recognized : not distinct or clear


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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