Definitions for: Slur


[n] a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek"
[n] a disparaging remark
[n] (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
[v] become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two theories blurred"
[v] utter indistinctly
[v] speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur; "your comments are slurring your co-workers"
[v] play smoothly or legato; of musical passages



Webster (1913) Definition: Slur, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Slurred; p. pr. & vb. n.
Slurring.] [Cf. OE. sloor mud, clay, Icel. sl?ra, slo?ra,
to trail or drag one's self along, D. sleuren, sloren, to
train, to drag, to do negligently and slovenly, D. sloor,
sloerie, a sluttish girl.]
1. To soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace.
--Cudworth.

2. To disparage; to traduce. --Tennyson.

3. To cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over
lightly or with little notice.

With periods, points, and tropes, he slurs his
crimes. --Dryden.

4. To cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick. [R.]

To slur men of what they fought for. --Hudibras.

5. To pronounce indistinctly; as, to slur syllables.

6. (Mus.) To sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to
connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones.
--Busby.

7. (Print.) To blur or double, as an impression from type; to
mackle.


Slur, n.
1. A mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a
stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo. ``Gaining
to his name a lasting slur.'' --South.

2. A trick played upon a person; an imposition. [R.]

3. (Mus.) A mark, thus [[upslur] or [downslur]], connecting
notes that are to be sung to the same syllable, or made in
one continued breath of a wind instrument, or with one
stroke of a bow; a tie; a sign of legato.

4. In knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the
sinkers successively by passing over them.

Synonyms: aspersion, blot, blur, daub, dim, smear, smirch, smudge, spot

Antonyms: focalise, focalize, focus

See Also: blemish, blotch, defect, denote, depreciation, derogation, disparagement, efface, fingermark, fingerprint, gloss over, inkblot, mouth, musical notation, obliterate, play, refer, skate over, skimp over, slur over, smooth over, speak, spiel, splodge, splotch, talk, tie, utter, verbalise, verbalize, weaken, wipe out

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