Definition of turbid in English:

turbid

Syllabification: tur·bid
Pronunciation: /ˈtərbəd
 
/

adjective

1(Of a liquid) cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter: the turbid estuary
More example sentences
  • Cloudy or turbid water can quickly clog a filter and shorten the life of the unit.
  • Although they prefer clear, fresh running water, they seasonally adapt to turbid water caused by runoff and flooding during the rainy season.
  • Visual signals are also used in aquatic environments, however turbid water reduces visibility very rapidly and may adversely effect visual communication.
Synonyms
murky, opaque, cloudy, unclear, muddy, thick, milky, roily
1.1Confused or obscure in meaning or effect: a turbid piece of cinéma vérité

Origin

late Middle English (in the figurative sense): from Latin turbidus, from turba 'a crowd, a disturbance'.

Usage

Is it turbid or turgid? Turbid is used of a liquid or color to mean ‘muddy, not clear’: turbid water. Turgid means ‘swollen, inflated, enlarged’: turgid veins. Both turbid and turgid can also be used to describe language or literary style: as such, turbid means ‘confused, muddled’ ( the turbid utterances of Carlyle), and turgid means ‘pompous, bombastic’ ( a turgid and pretentious essay).

Derivatives

turbidity

Pronunciation: /tərˈbiditē/
noun
More example sentences
  • The region's health officials now require lower levels of turbidity in drinking water.
  • They increase turbidity, feed on molluscs, crustaceans, insect larvae, plankton and seeds and carry the anchor worm that harms native fish such as the Murray cod and silver perch.
  • Suspended solids and turbidity were significantly greater in the small gizzard shad treatment relative to the other treatments.

turbidly

adverb
More example sentences
  • Phoenicians creatively and turbidly cope with their water emergency.

turbidness

noun
More example sentences
  • Water turbidness can be simulated with a fog effect.

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