• WordNet 3.6
    • n indistinctness the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Indistinctness The quality or condition of being indistinct; lack of definiteness; dimness; confusion; as, the indistinctness of a picture, or of comprehension; indistinctness of vision.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indistinctness The quality or condition of being indistinct; confusion; uncertainty; obscurity; faintness; dimness: as, indistinctness of vision or of voice.
    • n indistinctness In psychology, that character of apprehension which consists in a deficiency of consciousness of the parts of the concept or idea apprehended. Sensuous indistinctness is the want of distinction between the parts of a sensation; intellectual indistinctness is the want of distinction between the parts of an intellectual cognition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Indistinctness confusion: absence of distinction, sameness
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In literature:

In an indistinct way he felt the dishonor that was Alan Porter's being given to him.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
There was a huge indistinct clamour, the distracted clamour of a multitude intoxicated by its ardent faith.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
He could hear the tramping and shuffle of clumsy feet, and voices that muttered indistinctly.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
The depths were an indistinct mass of dripping foliage, dark green and russet.
"In the Valley" by Harold Frederic
The features showed indistinctly, 'round the neck, I made out several light-colored objects.
"The House on the Borderland" by William Hope Hodgson
Men who looked like ghosts moved in the gloom and indistinct cattle came up a railed plank.
"Lister's Great Adventure" by Harold Bindloss
Huntington flashed behind, two indistinct streaks of houses.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
The two hurried out into the street, followed by indistinct strictures from the kitchen.
"Birthright" by T.S. Stribling
For the most part she is silent; at times she pours forth a flood of stammering and indistinct words.
"Doctor Pascal" by Emile Zola
A queer indistinct smoke became visible to me, seeming to pour upward through the ring, and mix with the moving shadows.
"Carnacki, The Ghost Finder" by William Hope Hodgson
The same evening some land was indistinctly seen bearing South.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia" by Phillip Parker King
Soon Shagarach's eyes opened and his lips muttered indistinctly.
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
This action seemed to vivify the body, for it began to mutter and murmur indistinctly.
"Ghosts I Have Seen" by Violet Tweedale
Then, little by little, things became hazy and indistinct to me.
"The Passion for Life" by Joseph Hocking
By reason of her position, whilst her hand and arm lay fully in the moonlight, her face and figure were indistinct.
"Tales of Secret Egypt" by Sax Rohmer
Her face was upturned, her blue eyes staring, her lips mumbling indistinct words.
"Edith and John" by Franklin S. Farquhar
To speak indistinctly, to stammer, S. pron.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
Beyond this all was blear and indistinct.
"The Rival Campers" by Ruel Perley Smith
La Salle could see Jeanne, though with giddy and indistinct vision.
"The Story of Tonty" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
The front end of the notochord became indistinct, and I could not see its exact termination.
"The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1" by Francis Maitland Balfour

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
The city like a shadowed castle stands,
Its turrets indistinctly touching night;
Like earth-born stars far fetched from faerie lands,
Its lamps are bright.
""This Is My Hour"" by Zoe Akins
Saul. David, the son of Jesse! sure that name
Has been familiar to me. Nay, thy voice,
Thy form, and features, I remember too,
Though faint and indistinctly.
"David And Goliath. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
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
A fragment moon hangs from the bare tung tree
The water clock runs out, all is still
Who sees the dim figure come and go alone
Misty, indistinct, the shadow of a lone wild goose?
"Pu suan tzu" by Su Tung-po
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

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.

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
To solve the communication deadlock problem, the algorithm uses a decentralized timeout procedure: each processor indistinctly can produce a new token.
Universal adaptive self-stabilizing traversal scheme: random walk and reloading wave
In the following, we shall use indistinctively the continuous or discrete versions of the partition function.
Protein folding and heteropolymers
For ω = − 3 2 in the EF the scalar field is unphysical and doesn’t influence the physics in this frame 4When the matter part of the Lagrangian is not present both BD and GR theories can be interpreted on the grounds of either Riemann or Weyl-type geometry indistinctly.
Dual geometries and spacetime singularities
The Fourier transform of |ψi can be performed indistinctly using either (16) or (17).
Shor's Algorithm for Factoring Large Integers
X and (Xt )t∈Z denote indistinctly a process.
A random-projection based procedure to test if a stationary process is Gaussian
In this case, the smallness of the system may have rendered the first-order transition indistinct.
Methods for a Nonuniform Bose Gas
In what follows whenever there are different signs, the upper one will correspond to bosons while the lower one to fermions, and we will refer indistinctly to bosons and fermions as particles.
A Class of Exactly Solvable Pairing Models
In the sequel the maps in ΓX and their images in L(ΓX) will be denoted indistinctly by iα , where α will be an appropriate subindex.
Nullification functors and the homotopy type of the classifying space for proper bundles
The proton data represented by the solid line clearly shows multiple resonance peaks, but in 12C , the same resonances become indistinct due to Fermi smearing except for the well separated ∆(1232) resonance.
Neutrino Interactions
Since our result applies indistinctly to extrinsic as well as to intrinsic biharmonic maps, except when it is necessary, in what follow we will indifferently employ the denomination biharmonic map for both extrinsic biharmonic map and intrinsic biharmonic map.
Energy quantization for biharmonic maps