Vague, n. An indefinite expanse. [R.]
The gray vague of unsympathizing sea. --Lowell.
Vague, v. i. To wander; to roam; to stray. [Obs.] “[The soul] doth vague and wander.”
Vague, n. A wandering; a vagary. [Obs.]
Vague a. [Compar. Vaguer superl. Vaguest.]
1. Wandering; vagrant; vagabond. [Archaic] “To set upon the vague villains.”
She danced along with vague, regardless eyes. --Keats.
2. Unsettled; unfixed; undetermined; indefinite; ambiguous; as, a vague idea; a vague proposition.
This faith is neither a mere fantasy of future glory, nor a vague ebullition of feeling. --I. Taylor.
The poet turned away, and gave himself up to a sort of vague revery, which he called thought. --Hawthorne.
3. Proceeding from no known authority; unauthenticated; uncertain; flying; as, a vague report.
Some legend strange and vague. --Longfellow.
Vague year. See Sothiac year, under Sothiac.
Syn: -- Unsettled; indefinite; unfixed; ill-defined; ambiguous; hazy; loose; lax; uncertain.
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: obscure]
2: not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished; "an
undefined term"; "undefined authority"; "some undefined
sense of excitement"; "vague feelings of sadness"; "a
vague uneasiness" [syn: undefined] [ant: defined]
3: lacking clarity or distinctness; "a dim figure in the
distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures
in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through
the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood" [syn: dim,
faint, shadowy, wispy]