from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make indistinct and hazy in outline or appearance; obscure.
  • transitive v. To smear or stain; smudge.
  • transitive v. To lessen the perception of; dim: "For street children . . . drugs offer the chance to blur their hopeless poverty” ( Alma Guillermoprieto).
  • intransitive v. To become indistinct.
  • intransitive v. To make smudges or stains by smearing.
  • n. A smear or blot; a smudge.
  • n. Something that is hazy and indistinct to the sight or mind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make indistinct or hazy, to obscure or dim.
  • v. To smear, stain or smudge.
  • v. To become indistinct.
  • n. A smear, smudge or blot
  • n. Something that appears hazy or indistinct
  • n. A moral stain or blot.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which obscures without effacing; a stain; a blot, as upon paper or other substance.
  • n. A dim, confused appearance; indistinctness of vision.
  • n. A moral stain or blot.
  • transitive v. To render obscure by making the form or outline of confused and uncertain, as by soiling; to smear; to make indistinct and confused.
  • transitive v. To cause imperfection of vision in; to dim; to darken.
  • transitive v. To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To obscure or sully (a thing) with something which detracts from its fairness or beauty.
  • To sully; stain; blemish: as, to blur one's reputation.
  • To obscure without quite effacing; render indistinct; confuse and bedim, as the outlines of a figure.
  • To dim the perception or susceptibility of; make dull or insensible to impression: as, blurred eyesight; to blur the judgment.
  • To make blurs in writing.
  • n. A smudge or smear, such as that made by brushing writing or painting before it is dry; a blot which partially defaces or obscures.
  • n. Figuratively, a blot, stain, or injury affecting character, reputation, and the like.
  • n. A blurred condition; a dim, confused appearance; indistinctness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hazy or indistinct representation
  • v. become vague or indistinct
  • v. make unclear, indistinct, or blurred
  • v. make dim or indistinct
  • v. make a smudge on; soil by smudging
  • v. to make less distinct or clear
  • v. become glassy; lose clear vision


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably akin to Middle English bleren, to blear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Cognate with to blear, the verb is from the noun.


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