obscure


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obscure \Ob*scure"\ ([o^]b*sk[=u]r"), a. [Compar. Obscurer
   ([o^]b*sk[=u]r"[~e]r); superl. Obscurest.] [L. obscurus,
   orig., covered; ob- (see Ob-) + a root probably meaning, to
   cover; cf. L. scutum shield, Skr. sku to cover: cf. F.
   obscur. Cf. Sky.]
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   1. Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light;
      imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.
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            His lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
                                                  --Prov. xx.
                                                  20.
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   2. Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to
      the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from
      observation; unnoticed.
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            The obscure bird
            Clamored the livelong night.          --Shak.
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            The obscure corners of the earth.     --Sir J.
                                                  Davies.
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   3. Not noticeable; humble; mean. "O base and obscure vulgar."
      --Shak. "An obscure person." --Atterbury.
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   4. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or
      incomprehensible; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
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   5. Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an
      obscure view of remote objects.
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   Obscure rays (Opt.), those rays which are not luminous or
      visible, and which in the spectrum are beyond the limits
      of the visible portion.
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   Syn: Dark; dim; darksome; dusky; shadowy; misty; abstruse;
        intricate; difficult; mysterious; retired; unnoticed;
        unknown; humble; mean; indistinct.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obscure \Ob*scure"\ ([o^]b*sk[=u]r"), v. i.
   To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark. [Obs.]
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         How! There's bad news.
         I must obscure, and hear it.             --Beau. & Fl.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obscure \Ob*scure"\, n.
   Obscurity. [Obs.] --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obscure \Ob*scure"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obscured
   ([o^]b*sk[=u]rd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Obscuring.] [L.
   obscurare, fr. obscurus: cf. OF. obscurer. See Obscure, a.]
   To render obscure; to darken; to make dim; to keep in the
   dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible,
   glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.
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         They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak, with
         obscured lights.                         --Shak.
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         Why, 't is an office of discovery, love,
         And I should be obscured.                --Shak.
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         There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by
         the writings of learned men as this.     --Wake.
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         And seest not sin obscures thy godlike frame? --Dryden.
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