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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ob·scure /ɑbˈskjʊr, əb-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·scure a. [Compar. Obscurer superl. Obscurest.]
 1. Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.
    His lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.   --Prov. xx. 20.
 2. Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.
 The obscure bird
 Clamored the livelong night.   --Shak.
    The obscure corners of the earth.   --Sir J. Davies.
 3. Not noticeable; humble; mean. “O base and obscure vulgar.”  --Shak. “An obscure person.”
 4. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or incomprehensible; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
 5. Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects.
 Obscure rays Opt., those rays which are not luminous or visible, and which in the spectrum are beyond the limits of the visible portion.
 Syn: -- Dark; dim; darksome; dusky; shadowy; misty; abstruse; intricate; difficult; mysterious; retired; unnoticed; unknown; humble; mean; indistinct.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·scure, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obscured p. pr. & vb. n. Obscuring.]  To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.
    They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights.   --Shak.
 Why, 't is an office of discovery, love,
 And I should be obscured.   --Shak.
    There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of learned men as this.   --Wake.
    And seest not sin obscures thy godlike frame?   --Dryden.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·scure v. i. To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark. [Obs.]
 How!  There's bad news.
 I must obscure, and hear it.   --Beau. & Fl.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·scure, n. Obscurity. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: not clearly understood or expressed; "an obscure turn of
             phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain
             obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard;
             "their descriptions of human behavior become vague,
             dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of
             speech...have so long passed for mysteries of
             science"- John Locke [syn: vague]
      2: marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was
         dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not
         appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure" [syn: dark]
      3: difficult to find; "hidden valleys"; "a hidden cave"; "an
         obscure retreat" [syn: hidden]
      4: not famous or acclaimed; "an obscure family"; "unsung heroes
         of the war" [syn: unknown, unsung]
      5: not drawing attention; "an unnoticeable cigarette burn on
         the carpet"; "an obscure flaw" [syn: unnoticeable]
      6: remote and separate physically or socially; "existed over
         the centuries as a world apart"; "preserved because they
         inhabited a place apart"- W.H.Hudson; "tiny isolated
         villages remote from centers of civilization"; "an obscure
         village" [syn: apart(p), isolated]
      v 1: make less visible or unclear; "The stars are obscured by the
           clouds" [syn: befog, becloud, obnubilate, haze
           over, fog, cloud, mist]
      2: make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused
         the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions"
         [syn: confuse, blur, obnubilate]
      3: make obscure or unclear; "The distinction was obscured"
         [syn: bedim, overcloud]
      4: make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or
         concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat" [syn: blot
         out, obliterate, veil, hide]
      5: make difficult to perceive by sight; "The foliage of the
         huge tree obscures the view of the lake" [syn: benight,