indistinct

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj indistinct not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand "indistinct shapes in the gloom","an indistinct memory","only indistinct notions of what to do"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indistinct Not distinct or distinguishable; not separate in such a manner as to be perceptible by itself; as, the indistinct parts of a substance. "Indistinct as water is in water."
    • Indistinct Obscure to the mind or senses; not clear; not definite; confused; imperfect; faint; as, indistinct vision; an indistinct sound; an indistinct idea or recollection. "When we come to parts too small four our senses, our ideas of these little bodies become obscure and indistinct .""Their views, indeed, are indistinct and dim."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • indistinct Not distinct to the senses; not clearly distinguishable or perceptible; not to be discriminated; confused; blurred; obscure: as, indistinct outlines; an indistinct sound.
    • indistinct Not distinct to the mind; not clearly defined as to parts or details; indefinite; confused: as, indistinct notions. See clear, 6.
    • indistinct Not giving or having distinct impressions, images, or perceptions; dim; dull; imperfect: as, indistinct vision; an indistinct remembrance.
    • indistinct Synonyms Undefined, indistinguishable, dim, vague, uncertain, ambiguous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Indistinct in-dis-tingkt′ not plainly marked: confused: not clear to the mind: dim, imperfect, as of the senses
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indistinctus,: cf. F. indistinct,. See In- not, and Distinct

Usage

In literature:

A figure is seen approaching; as yet only indistinctly, but surely that of a man.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
In the stump-dotted clearing, indistinct in the sullen dimness of the overcast dawn, rotted the buildings of the abandoned log-camp.
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
Even the We Are Sevens seemed remote and indistinct in her tired brain.
"Blue Bonnet in Boston" by Caroline E. Jacobs
The sound came closer, and then veered off in another direction, growing more and more indistinct.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
From these carvings we read, though indistinctly, some of the characteristics of the people.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Against the last of a January sunset, the tops of the city were growing indistinct.
"Stanford Stories" by Charles K. Field
It was monotonous and, though strong, indistinct.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
He fancied, however, he could hear some indistinct words of encouragement borne back by the wind.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
The moon gave an indistinct light, relieving the night of a part of its gloom.
"The Young Bank Messenger" by Horatio Alger
The voice was tremulous and high-pitched and the articulation thick and indistinct.
"Stubble" by George Looms
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In poetry:

Their hands were gory too; and red
And fiercely flamed their eyes:
And they were muttering indistinct
Their hellish mysteries.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
So deep yet indistinct my bliss,
That when his counsels ceased to sound,
That one sweet note I did not miss
From other sweet notes all around.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
Did come, — but indistinct from every realm
Of earth and air and water, growing more
And louder, shriller, heavier, a roar
Up the dun atmosphere did overwhelm
"And, the Last Day Being Come" by Trumbull Stickney
Still o'er my mind wild Fancy holds her sway,
Still on strange visionary land I stray.
Now scenes crowd thick! now indistinct appear!
Swift glide the months, and turn the varying year!
"The Wanderer: A Vision: Canto IV" by Richard Savage
Her words grew indistinct and slow,
Her voice more tremulous and low,
When suddenly the song was o'er,
A whisper even heard no more--
She had discern'd my nearer tread;
Appear'd to feel alarm, and fled.
"Fragment 3" by Matilda Betham
their spirits still remember you.
When an August morning breaks upon you
a vigour from their lives stabs through your air;
and sometimes an ethereal and youthful form
in swiftest passage, indistinct,
passes up above your hills.
"Ionian Song" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

There is a certain sense of closure, if that's the correct word, when I discover the baseline of an otherwise inexplicable, indistinct ghost story.
The Starlite Lounge is hidden in an indistinct Pompano strip mall, behind a bank and a Super 8, parked between a laundromat and an antiques store.
How A Few Indistinct Words Burped Up By A Drunk Tennessee Williams Changed One Man's Life.
Most vodkas are indistinct , so their ads are anything but.
A slight person of indistinct gender in a fuzzy red jumpsuit with a white circle on the chest around the words "Thing 1".
The line between religious belief and political action is often indistinct.
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In science:

If a digraph D is the digraph of a matrix M then we say that D , or indistinctly M (D), supports M .
The underlying digraph of a coined quantum random walk
In this paper, we will use both terms indistinctly.
The Action by Natural Transformations of a Group on a Diagram of Spaces
Note that the Lebesgue measure on ¯D or ∂D is indistinctly denoted by dx since the domain of integration avoids confusion.
Stochastic Homogenization of Reflected Diffusion Processes
This f lexibility allowed us to investigate both commutative and NC theories indistinctly which brings great generality to the methodology.
Noncommutativity and Duality through the Symplectic Embedding Formalism
The lost token situation is solved by a decentralized timeout procedure: each processor indistinctly has the possibility of producing a new token.
Universal adaptive self-stabilizing traversal scheme: random walk and reloading wave
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