- to obscure or sully (something) by smearing or with a smeary substance: The windows were blurred with soot.
- to obscure by making confused in form or outline; make indistinct: The fog blurred the outline of the car.
- to dim the perception or susceptibility of; make dull or insensible: The blow on the head blurred his senses.
- to become indistinct: Everything blurred as she ran.
- to make blurs.
- a smudge or smear that obscures: a blur of smoke.
- a blurred condition; indistinctness: They could see nothing in the foggy blur.
- something seen indistinctly: The ship appeared as a blur against the horizon.
Origin of blur
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Examples from the Web for blurred
Yet all too often the line between Southern and Confederate can get blurred.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
(That Williams was a lifelong Democrat illustrates the political blurred lines when it comes to laws related to pregnant women).The Supreme Court Case Uniting Pro-Lifers & Pro-Choicers
December 3, 2014
Quickly, the lines between their pretend feelings for each other and their real ones are blurred.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’
November 28, 2014
In Syria, he said, “the dividing lines are just so blurred.”The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works
October 19, 2014
Semi-rigged elections, and blurred lines between business and government—Beijing's wrangling would make Boss Tweed proud.Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?
September 29, 2014
Harriett noticed pale, blurred lines on the edges of her lips.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
The wrack had thickened to seaward, and the coast was but a blurred line.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It is for the reader to say whether Shakespeare blurred the picture, or bettered it.The Man Shakespeare
A vision of gray eyes, blurred in tears of regret, had obliterated all that was material.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I remember a blurred glimpse of more fighting forms around me.The Harbor
- to make or become vague or less distinctheat haze blurs the hills; education blurs class distinctions
- to smear or smudge
- (tr) to make (the judgment, memory, or perception) less clear; dim
- something vague, hazy, or indistinct
- a smear or smudge
Word Origin and History for blurred
1540s, "smear on the surface of writing;" perhaps akin to blear. Extended sense of "confused dimness" is from 1860.
1580s, and thus probably from blur (n.), but the dates are close and either might be the original. Related: Blurred; blurring.