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blurred1 (blɜːd) 



  1. indistinct; unclear; fuzzy   ⇒ Blurred images from a speeding train launch this classy French movie.   ⇒ blurred black and white photographs
  2. not sharply defined; not sharply definable   ⇒ Commentators see increasingly blurred boundaries between firms engaged in such collaborative relations.   ⇒ The line between fact and fiction is becoming blurred.   ⇒ the blurred line between artifice and reality
    see also blurred vision

blurred2 (blɜːd) 


past participle of verb, past tense of verb

  1. of blur2

blur (blɜː Pronunciation for blur



Word forms:  blurs,  blurring,  blurred
  1. to make or become vague or less distinct   ⇒ heat haze blurs the hills, education blurs class distinctions
  2. to smear or smudge
  3. (transitive) to make (the judgment, memory, or perception) less clear; dim


  1. something vague, hazy, or indistinct
  2. a smear or smudge

Derived Forms

ˈblurred adjective
blurredly (ˈblɜːrɪdlɪ Pronunciation for blurredly ; ˈblɜːd-)  adverb
ˈblurredness noun
ˈblurriness noun
ˈblurry adjective

Word Origin

C16: perhaps variant of blear


View thesaurus entry
= haze, confusion, fog, obscurity, dimness, cloudiness, blear, blurredness, indistinctness
= become indistinct, soften, become vague, become hazy, become fuzzy
= obscure, make indistinct, mask, soften, muddy, obfuscate, make vague, befog, make hazy

Example Sentences Including 'blurred'

As a result the difference between "strategic" and "tactical" weapons was blurred.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Bauman heard him peeing, the stream hitting the cracked porcelain with one blurred note, slowly falling in pitch.
Smith, Mitchell Stone City
His vision was blurred , something in his eye, the sidewalk scrapes burning his hands, his knee throbbing.
Terman, Douglas Cormorant
In rare circumstances, lithium causes problems of visual accommodation, which can, in turn, lead to a form of blurred vision.
Dorothy Rowe BEYOND FEAR (2002)
Often the line between providing a genuine alternative view and appealing to voyeurs is blurred.
New Zealand Herald (2004)
One of many blurred boundaries includes product engineering, balancing engineering with more aesthetic elements of design.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The disturbed water threw back a blurred image of them both.
Forbes, Bryan The Endless Game
Then fully blurred , only key events stand out, weather systems, tactical choices for me, sail changes for the crew.
Yachting Boating World (2005)


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