From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishblurblur1 /blɜː $ blɜːr/ ●○○ noun [countable usually singular] 1 CFCLEAR/EASY TO SEEa shape that you cannot see clearlyblur of I saw the blur of the car as it passed in front of me. The island was a blur through misty rain.2 REMEMBERsomething that you cannot remember clearly The days before the accident were a blur.
Examples from the Corpusblur• We are not content to leave the universe in a blur.• It was a blur, his crying, just like when you go to a hospital to get stitches.• The rest of the tour goes by in a gray, drizzly blur.• He was unbelievably quick, his hands, feet blurs in the high roof wind.• Or perhaps this is just the wisdom of hindsight, a rosy blur of sentiment cast by nostalgia over the scene.• She could see nothing except a vivid scarlet blur, the colour of a London bus.• Below, in the garden, she saw the blur of white.blurblur2 ●○○ verb (blurred, blurring) [intransitive, transitive] 1 CLEAR/EASY TO SEEto become difficult to see, or to make something difficult to see, because the edges are not clear The street lights were blurred by the fog. Many of the details in the picture are blurred.2 to be unable to see clearly Tears blurred her eyes. His vision was blurred.3 LIKE/SIMILARto make the difference between two ideas, subjects etc less clear His films blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. The design of the conservatory is meant to blur the distinction between the house and the garden. —blurry adjective a few blurry photos of their holiday → blurred→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusblur• The difference between male and female roles within the house has become blurred.• In the above account the distinction between changes in money wages and changes in real wages has been deliberately blurred.• The glitter of the street-lights on the damp tarmac was blurred by the thickening fog.• There was a lake and a sweep of land blurring into mountains.• Sin has certainly spoiled and blurred it, but man remains a reasoning, moral, creative creature.• These all look like important questions but, once again, the methodology of state-centrism serves to blur rather than clarify the issues.• The show blurs the difference between education and entertainment.• His novels tend to blur the distinctions between reality and fantasy.• Problems with the mirrors blurred the telescope's view.blurred ... eyes• She tried to keep her blurred eyes focused on the sky.BlurBlur a British popular music group whose singer is Damon Albarn, and whose music is an example of Britpop. Their songs include Girls and Boys and Parklife.Origin blur2 (1500-1600) Probably from blear; → BLEARY