Indistinct In`dis*tinct" ([i^]n`d[i^]s*t[i^][ng]kt"), a. [L. indistinctus: cf. F. indistinct. See {In-} not, and {Distinct}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Obscure to the mind or senses; not clear; not definite; confused; imperfect; faint; as, indistinct vision; an indistinct sound; an indistinct idea or recollection. [1913 Webster]

When we come to parts too small four our senses, our ideas of these little bodies become obscure and indistinct. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

Their views, indeed, are indistinct and dim. --Cowper.

Syn: Undefined; indistinguishable; obscure; indefinite; vague; ambiguous; uncertain; confused. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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