The blurred image of a skater in motion.
- The definition of a blur is something being unclear or smudged, or something that is unclear in a person's mind.
An example of a blur is an event that a person does not remember well.
- Blur means to smudge or make something indistinct or hazy.
An example of blur is for the sun to block a driver's vision.
intransitive verbblurred, blur′ring
- to smear or stain without obliterating; blot; smudge
- to make or become hazy or indistinct in outline or shape
- to make or become dim or dull
Origin of blur16th circa ; uncertain or unknown; perhaps akin to blear
- the state of being blurred
- an obscuring stain or blot
- anything indistinct or hazy to the sight or the mind
- Archaic a moral stain
verbblurred, blur·ring, blurs
- To make indistinct and hazy in outline or appearance; obscure: The haze blurred the skyline.
- To make dim, unclear, or cloudy: The smoke blurred my vision.
- To cause to be intellectually indistinguishable: New thinking has blurred the divisions between disciplines.
- To become visually indistinct: The faces blurred in the crowd.
- To be unclear or clouded: His vision blurred as the drug took effect.
- To become intellectually indistinguishable: TV commercials and shows seem to blur into one another.
Origin of blurProbably akin to Middle English bleren to blear
(third-person singular simple present blurs, present participle blurring, simple past and past participle blurred)
- To make indistinct or hazy, to obscure or dim.
- to blur a photograph by moving the camera while taking it
- To smear, stain or smudge.
- to blur a manuscript by handling it while damp
- (intransitive) To become indistinct.
- To cause imperfection of vision in; to dim; to darken.
- To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation.
- A smear, smudge or blot
- Something that appears hazy or indistinct
Cognate to blear, the verb is from the noun.