Definition of blur in English:


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Pronunciation: /bləː

verb (blurs, blurring, blurred)


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  • 1A thing that cannot be seen or heard clearly: the pale blur of her face the words were a blur
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    • The world around her remained a blur even as she heard his fading paw steps.
    • He heard the blur say his name but wasn't paying any attention to the feminine voice.
    • Passing people just saw a blur and heard the sound of his jacket whipping the air behind him.
    indistinct shape, hazy shape, vague shape, something indistinct/hazy/vague, haze, cloud, mist, smear, smudge; haziness, indistinctness, fogginess, murkiness, cloudiness
  • 1.1Something remembered or perceived indistinctly, typically because it happened very fast: the day before was a blur
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    • There's nothing substantive to latch onto - all I remember is a blur of lights, noise and sweaty torsos.
    • God, I wish I THOUGHT about what was going on then… who knows, I can only remember blurs… and Shane comes in.
    • The rest of the evening throughout the night was a fast blur as the maids scurried and everyone got ready to leave.



adjective (blurrier, blurriest)
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  • The photos must be blurry and indistinct, but you must treat them as art.
  • Given his local knowledge, the terrain he presents is blurry and indistinct.
  • The constantly shifting energy distorted her appearance and made her seem fuzzy and blurry at the edges.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'smear that partially obscures something'): perhaps related to blear.

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