Obscure

Definition of Obscure

Ob`scure´   Pronunciation: ǒb`skūrd´
a.1.
1.Covered over, shaded, or darkened; destitute of light; imperfectly illuminated; dusky; dim.
His lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
- Prov. xx. 20.
2.Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.
The obscure bird
Clamored the livelong night.
- Shak.
The obscure corners of the earth.
- Sir J. Davies.
3.Not noticeable; humble; mean.
4.Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or incomprehensible; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
5.Not clear, full, or distinct; clouded; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects.
Obscure rays
(Opt.) those rays which are not luminous or visible, and which in the spectrum are beyond the limits of the visible portion.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Obscured (ǒb*skūrd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Obscuring.]
They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights.
- Shak.
Why, 't is an office of discovery, love,
And I should be obscured.
- Shak.
There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of learned men as this.
- Wake.
And seest not sin obscures thy godlike frame?
- Dryden.
v. i.1.To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark.
How! There's bad news.
I must obscure, and hear it.
- Beau. & Fl.
n.1.Obscurity.

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