from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Being such that understanding or comprehension is difficult or impossible; incomprehensible: unintelligible remarks; an unintelligible prose passage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. not intelligible; unable to be understood
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not intelligible; not capable of being understood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. poorly articulated or enunciated, or drowned by noise
- adj. not clearly understood or expressed
The second explains - in as much as an explanation of the unintelligible is even possible - why the publishing industry behaves as it does.
Notebooks full of unintelligible notes scattered in unintelligible heaps.
No. However, it was Bush's fault that his education cuts have resulted in unintelligible posts authored by, well, you.
Olympic Sculpture Park: "A treat For all the senses" Where we are treated to unknown hunks of stuff in unintelligible shapes, panhandlers (PC = misunderstood independent business people), significant Seattle smells-urine, feces, unwashed, mentally deranged even more freaked out than normal.
The Munchkins are pear-shaped beings that speak in unintelligible buzzing voices.
At around the age of 14 (to our dismay) all the black kids segregated themselves into their own group and where they had been speaking normal English they began to speak in unintelligible (to us) patois.
Having lived in two foreign countries France and Moldova, it's very common for English-speaking expats to incorporate vocabulary from the host language into their speech while maintaining an English pronunciation that could render the word unintelligible to native speakers.
The other stuff that's around here is mostly in unintelligible fragments, so I'm not real concerned about that.
The Greeks dubbed foreigners "barbarians" because, to Greek ears, they brayed "bar, bar" in unintelligible tongues; South Africans claim to hear "kwere, kwere" when immigrants open their mouths.
Skeld was not far off, and Herger spoke loudly, so I recognized that Skeld was to overhear us; yet Herger spoke in Latin, unintelligible to Skeld; so perhaps there was some other reason I do not know.
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