blur

[blur]
verb (used with object), blurred, blurring.
1.
to obscure or sully (something) by smearing or with a smeary substance: The windows were blurred with soot.
2.
to obscure by making confused in form or outline; make indistinct: The fog blurred the outline of the car.
3.
to dim the perception or susceptibility of; make dull or insensible: The blow on the head blurred his senses.
verb (used without object), blurred, blurring.
4.
to become indistinct: Everything blurred as she ran.
5.
to make blurs.
noun
6.
a smudge or smear that obscures: a blur of smoke.
7.
a blurred condition; indistinctness: They could see nothing in the foggy blur.
8.
something seen indistinctly: The ship appeared as a blur against the horizon.

Origin:
1540–50; akin to blear

blurredly [blur-id-lee, blurd-] , adverb
blurredness, noun
blurringly, adverb
unblurred, adjective


2. cloud, dim, darken, veil, mask.
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blur (blɜː)
 
vb , 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.  (tr) to make (the judgment, memory, or perception) less clear; dim
 
n
4.  something vague, hazy, or indistinct
5.  a smear or smudge
 
[C16: perhaps variant of blear]
 
blurred
 
adj
 
blurredly
 
adv
 
'blurredness
 
n
 
'blurriness
 
n
 
'blurry
 
adj

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blur
1540s, akin to blear. The verb is 1580s, from the noun.
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Example sentences
The fuzzy dividing line between light and atoms has been blurred even further.
When it does show the head, well it looks a bit blurred.
Modern cameras capture more than blurred images: they record the precise bone
  structure of people's faces.
In so doing, others complain, it has blurred the line between education and
  commerce.
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