Meaning of BLUR in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ blɜ:(r) ]

( blurs, blurring, blurred)


A blur is a shape or area which you cannot see clearly because it has no distinct outline or because it is moving very fast.

Out of the corner of my eye I saw a blur of movement on the other side of the glass...

Her face is a blur.

N-COUNT : oft N of n


When a thing blurs or when something blurs it, you cannot see it clearly because its edges are no longer distinct.

This creates a spectrum of colours at the edges of objects which blurs the image...

If you move your eyes and your head, the picture will blur.

VERB : V n , V

• blurred

...blurred black and white photographs.



If something blurs an idea or a distinction between things, that idea or distinction no longer seems clear.

...her belief that scientists are trying to blur the distinction between ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions...

= obscure

VERB : V n

• blurred

The line between fact and fiction is becoming blurred.



If your vision blurs , or if something blurs it, you cannot see things clearly.

Her eyes, behind her glasses, began to blur...

Sweat ran from his forehead into his eyes, blurring his vision.

VERB : V , V n

• blurred

...visual disturbances like eye-strain and blurred vision.


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