Slur v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slurred p. pr. & vb. n. Slurring ]
1. To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.
2. To disparage; to traduce.
3. To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice.
With periods, points, and tropes, he slurs his crimes. --Dryden.
4. To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick. [R.]
To slur men of what they fought for. --Hudibras.
5. To pronounce indistinctly; as, to slur syllables; to slur one's words.
6. Mus. To sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones.
7. Print. To blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle.
1. A mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo. “Gaining to his name a lasting slur.”
2. A trick played upon a person; an imposition. [R.]
3. Mus. A mark, thus [
4. In knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.
n 1: (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played
2: a disparaging remark; "in the 19th century any reference to
female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"; "it is
difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to
any slur on his virility" [syn: aspersion]
3: a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn:
smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch]
v 1: play smoothly or legato; "the pianist slurred the most
beautiful passage in the sonata"
2: speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur; "your
comments are slurring your co-workers"
3: utter indistinctly
4: become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two
theories blurred" [syn: blur, dim] [ant: focus]
[also: slurring, slurred]