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Cognate to blear, the verb is from the noun.
- 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.
- J. R. Drake
- Her eyes are blurred with the lightning's glare.
- J. R. Drake
- (obsolete, transitive) To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation.
- Sarcasms may eclipse thine own, / But cannot blur my lost renown.
- (computing, graphical user interface, transitive) To transfer the input focus away from.
- Then give this box focus to blur the first one: […]
- These form elements need to have an onFocus event handler to blur the current focus.
- Blurring one window and focusing on another window yields the same result of sending the window to the back of the pile.
- A manual way to blur a text object is to press the Tab key, which advances focus to the next field in order and removes it from the current field (blurring it).
make indistinct or hazy, to obscure or dim
smear, stain or smudge
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blur (plural blurs)
- A smear, smudge or blot
- Something that appears hazy or indistinct
1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 26, in The Dust of Conflict:
- Maccario, it was evident, did not care to take the risk of blundering upon a picket, and a man led them by twisting paths until at last the hacienda rose blackly before them. Appleby could see it dimly, a blur of shadowy buildings with the ridge of roof parapet alone cutting hard and sharp against the clearing sky.
2012 June 29, Kevin Mitchell, “Roger Federer back from Wimbledon 2012 brink to beat Julien Benneteau”, in the Guardian:
- The fightback when it came was in the Federer fashion: unfussy, filled with classy strokes from the back with perfectly timed interventions at the net that confounded his opponent. The third set passed in a bit of a blur, the fourth, which led to the second tie-break, was the most dramatic of the match.
- (obsolete) A moral stain or blot.
- Lest she […] will with her railing set a great blur on mine honesty and good name.
A smear, smudge or blot
Something that appears hazy or indistinct