- not clear or transparent because of stirred-up sediment or the like; clouded; opaque; obscured: the turbid waters near the waterfall.
- thick or dense, as smoke or clouds.
- confused; muddled; disturbed.
Origin of turbid
1620–30; < Latin turbidus disturbed, equivalent to turb(āre) to disturb (derivative of turba turmoil) + -idus -id4
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1. murky, cloudy, roiled, muddy.
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Examples from the Web for turbidity
If the turbidity is owing to the urate it will disappear; if to chyle it will remain.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Hydrochloric acid added to a clear solution, after some time, causes a turbidity and odour of sulphurous anhydride.
Fatty acids are detected by the turbidity they produce when the diluted glycerine is acidified.The Handbook of Soap Manufacture
W. H. Simmons
The turbidity of many feldspars is the result of partial “kaolinization,” or alteration to kaolin.
He (1948:27) stated that color in tadpoles from different localities probably varies with soil color and turbidity of water.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca
William E. Duellman
- muddy or opaque, as a liquid clouded with a suspension of particles
- dense, thick, or cloudyturbid fog
- in turmoil or confusion
C17: from Latin turbidus, from turbāre to agitate, from turba crowd
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Word Origin and History for turbidity
1620s, from Latin turbidus "muddy, full of confusion," from turbare "to confuse, bewilder," from turba "turmoil, crowd," probably from Greek tyrbe "turmoil."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended; muddy; cloudy.
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