Blur v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blurred p. pr. & vb. n. Blurring.]
1. To render obscure by making the form or outline of confused and uncertain, as by soiling; to smear; to make indistinct and confused; as, to blur manuscript by handling it while damp; to blur the impression of a woodcut by an excess of ink.
But time hath nothing blurred those lines of favor
Which then he wore. --Shak.
2. To cause imperfection of vision in; to dim; to darken.
Her eyes are blurred with the lightning's glare. --J. R. Drake.
3. To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation.
Sarcasms may eclipse thine own,
But can not blur my lost renown. --Hudibras.
Syn: -- To spot; blot; disfigure; stain; sully.
n : a hazy or indistinct representation; "it happened so fast it
was just a blur"; "he tried to clear his head of the
whisky fuzz" [syn: fuzz]
v 1: become glassy; lose clear vision; "Her eyes glazed over from
lack of sleep" [syn: film over, glaze over]
2: to make less distinct or clear; "The haze blurs the hills"
3: make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused
the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
[syn: confuse, obscure, obnubilate]
4: make a smudge on; soil by smudging [syn: smear, smudge,
5: make dim or indistinct; "The drug blurs my vision" [syn: blear]
6: become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two
theories blurred" [syn: dim, slur] [ant: focus]
[also: blurring, blurred]
adj 1: indistinct or hazy in outline; "a landscape of blurred
outlines"; "the trees were just blurry shapes" [syn: bleary,
blurry, foggy, fuzzy, hazy, muzzy]
2: unclear in form or expression; "the blurred aims of the
group"; "sometimes one understood clearly and sometimes
the meaning was clouded"- H.G.Wells [syn: clouded]