- not distinct; not clearly marked or defined: indistinct markings.
- not clearly distinguishable or perceptible, as to the eye, ear, or mind: He heard an indistinct muttering.
- not distinguishing clearly: After the accident he suffered from indistinct vision and faulty hearing.
Origin of indistinct
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The music was indistinct at first, a faraway muffled sound with a repetitive bass line.My Parents' Brothel
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They recite in a timid and indistinct tone the prescribed fustian.
But there was only an indistinct humming, and nothing precise came to her.The Dream
In an indistinct way he felt the dishonor that was Alan Porter's being given to him.Thoroughbreds
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He muttered an indistinct "Very well, mamma," as he shut the door.Great Uncle Hoot-Toot
It left in the paper an indistinct impression resembling a fabric.Why Bewick Succeeded
- incapable of being clearly distinguished, as by the eyes, ears, or mind; not distinct
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Word Origin and History for indistinct
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