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nebulous Explained

nebulous at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['nebjələs]

nebulous at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adj formal
1 an idea that is nebulous is not at all clear or exact: vague// --'Normality' is a rather nebulous concept.//
2 a shape that is nebulous is unclear and has no definite edges: --a nebulous ghostly figure//

nebulous at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

111 Moby Thesaurus words for "nebulous":
Cynthian, abstract, amorphous, anagalactic, asteroidal, astral,
astrologic, astrologistic, astrologous, astronomic, astrophysical,
bland, blind, blurred, broad, castellatus, celestial,
circumplanetary, cirrose, cirrous, cislunar, clear as mud,
cloud-flecked, clouded, cloudy, collective, cumuliform, cumulous,
dark, dim, dirty, empyreal, empyrean, equinoctial, extragalactic,
faint, featureless, foggy, fuzzy, galactic, general, generalized,
generic, gloomy, hazy, heavenly, heavy, heliacal, ill-defined,
indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, intercosmic, interplanetary,
intersidereal, interstellar, lenticularis, lunar, lunary, lunate,
lunular, lunulate, mammatus, meteoric, meteoritic, misty, muddy,
murky, nebular, nebulose, neutral, nimbose, nonspecific, nubilous,
obscure, opaque, overcast, overclouded, pale, planetal,
planetarian, planetary, planetesimal, semilunar, shadowy,
shapeless, sidereal, solar, sphery, squally, star-spangled,
star-studded, starry, stellar, stellary, stormy, stratiform,
stratous, terrestrial, thunderheaded, transcendent, turbid,
uncharacterized, unclear, undifferentiated, unplain, unspecified,
uranic, vague, wide, zodiacal

nebulous at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[ADJ] (Darkness): dim, dull, lackluster, dingy, darkish, dark, faint, cloudy, misty, opaque, nebulous, overcast, crepuscular, muddy, lurid, leaden, dirty.

[ADJ] (Unintelligibility): unintelligible, unaccountable, undecipherable, undiscoverable, unknowable, unfathomable, inexplicable, inscrutable, incomprehensible, insoluble, impenetrable, illegible, unexplained, paradoxical, enigmatic, enigmatical, puzzling, obscure, nebulous, opaque.

nebulous at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective
(formal) not clear
SYN VAGUE:
a nebulous concept / description

Nebulous at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Nebulous \Neb"u*lous\, a. [L. nebulosus: cf. F. n['e]buleux. See
{Nebula}.]
1. Cloudy; hazy; misty.

2. (Astron.) Of, pertaining to, or having the appearance of,
a nebula; nebular; cloudlike. -- {Neb"u*lous*ly}, adv. --
{Neb"u*lous*ness}, n.

nebulous at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

nebulous
adj 1: lacking definite form or limits; "gropes among cloudy issues
toward a feeble conclusion"- H.T.Moore; "nebulous
distinction between pride and conceit" [syn: {cloudy},
{nebulose}]
2: lacking definition or definite content; "nebulous reasons";
"unfixed as were her general notions of what men ought to
be"- Jane Austen [syn: {unfixed}]

nebulous at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

From Inter: etyl » enm, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » nebulosus|nebulōsus|full of mist, foggy, cloudy|lang=la, from Inter: term » nebula||mist, vapour, cloud|lang=la, from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » nébʰos||cloud, vapor, fog, moist, sky|lang=ine-pro. Cognate with Inter: etyl » grc|- Inter: term » νέφος||tr=néphos|cloud|lang=grc, Inter: etyl » goh|- Inter: term » nebul||cloud, fog|lang=goh (Inter: etyl » de|- Inter: term » Nebel|lang=de), Inter: etyl » ang|- Inter: term » nifol|lang=ang, Inter: term » neowol||dark, gloomy, obscure, precipitous, prone|lang=ang. More at Inter: l » en|neveling, Inter: l » en|nuel.

Pronunciation

* Inter: a » RP|US Inter: IPA » /ˈnɛbjʊləs/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-nebulous.ogg|Audio (US)

    Adjective

    Inter: en-ad » j

  • In the form of a cloud or haze; hazy.
    1. Vague or ill-defined.
    2. 1915, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear
    3. : The magistrate could not possibly, on the evidence, have held them for a higher court. On the one hand the compositors and pressmen were forced to admit that the light was uncertain, that they were themselves much perturbed, and that it was difficult for them to swear to the identity of the assailants; although they believed that the accused were among them. Cross examined by the clever attorney who had been engaged by McGinty, they were even more nebulous in their evidence.
    4. Relating to a nebula or nebulae.

      Translations

      Inter: trans-top » in the form of a cloud

  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|nebulós
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|udune, Inter: t- » et|hägune

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|nebuloso


    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » ill-defined
    • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|nebulós
    • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|udune
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|nébuleux
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|неопределённый|sc=Cyrl|tr=neopredeljónnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|неотчётливый|sc=Cyrl|tr=neotčótlivyj, Inter: t+ » ru|неясный|sc=Cyrl|tr=nejásnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|смутный|sc=Cyrl|tr=smútnyj, Inter: t+ » ru|расплывчатый|sc=Cyrl|tr=rasplývčatyj, Inter: t+ » ru|туманный|sc=Cyrl|tr=tumánnyj


    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|nebuloso

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » relating to nebulae
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Czech: mlhavý (1,2), mlhovinný (3)


    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Related terms

    * nebula
  • nebular
  • nebulosity

    Anagrams

    * unblouse

  • Translation: et » nebulous
    Translation: el » nebulous
    Translation: fa » nebulous
    Translation: io » nebulous
    Translation: id » nebulous
    Translation: kn » nebulous
    Translation: hu » nebulous
    Translation: ml » nebulous
    Translation: my » nebulous
    Translation: pl » nebulous
    Translation: ta » nebulous
    Translation: te » nebulous
    Translation: vi » nebulous
    Translation: zh » nebulous