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 for blur
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blur \Blur\ (bl[^u]r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blurred (bl[^u]rd);
     p. pr. & vb. n. Blurring.] [Prob. of same origin as blear.
     See Blear.]
     1. To render obscure by making the form or outline of
        confused and uncertain, as by soiling; to smear; to make
        indistinct and confused; as, to blur manuscript by
        handling it while damp; to blur the impression of a
        woodcut by an excess of ink.
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              But time hath nothing blurred those lines of favor
              Which then he wore.                   --Shak.
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     2. To cause imperfection of vision in; to dim; to darken.
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              Her eyes are blurred with the lightning's glare.
                                                    --J. R. Drake.
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     3. To sully; to stain; to blemish, as reputation.
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              Sarcasms may eclipse thine own,
              But can not blur my lost renown.      --Hudibras.
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     Syn: To spot; blot; disfigure; stain; sully.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Blur \Blur\ (bl[^u]r), n.
     1. That which obscures without effacing; a stain; a blot, as
        upon paper or other substance.
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              As for those who cleanse blurs with blotted fingers,
              they make it worse.                   --Fuller.
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     2. A dim, confused appearance; indistinctness of vision; as,
        to see things with a blur; it was all blur.
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     3. A moral stain or blot.
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              Lest she . . . will with her railing set a great
              blur on mine honesty and good name.   --Udall.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a hazy or indistinct representation; "it happened so fast
           it was just a blur"; "he tried to clear his head of the
           whisky fuzz" [syn: blur, fuzz]
      v 1: become glassy; lose clear vision; "Her eyes glazed over
           from lack of sleep" [syn: film over, glaze over,
      2: to make less distinct or clear; "The haze blurs the hills"
         [ant: focus]
      3: make unclear, indistinct, or blurred; "Her remarks confused
         the debate"; "Their words obnubilate their intentions" [syn:
         confuse, blur, obscure, obnubilate]
      4: make a smudge on; soil by smudging [syn: smear, blur,
         smudge, smutch]
      5: make dim or indistinct; "The fog blurs my vision" [syn:
         blur, blear] [ant: focalise, focalize, focus,
      6: become vague or indistinct; "The distinction between the two
         theories blurred" [syn: blur, dim, slur] [ant:
         focalise, focalize, focus]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  141 Moby Thesaurus words for "blur":
     aspersion, attaint, badge of infamy, bar sinister, baton, becloud,
     bedaub, bedim, befog, bend sinister, besmear, besmirch, besmoke,
     bestain, black eye, black mark, blacken, blear, bleariness,
     bloodstain, blot, blotch, blur distinctions, blurriness, brand,
     broad arrow, censure, champain, cloud, cloudiness, conceal,
     confound, confuse, dab, darken, darkness, daub, defocus, deform,
     dim, dimness, dirty, discolor, disorder, disparagement, distort,
     efface, eyesore, faintness, feebleness, film, filminess, fleck,
     flick, flyspeck, fog, fog up, fogginess, fuzz, fuzziness,
     half-visibility, haze, haziness, hide, imputation, indefiniteness,
     indistinctness, indistinguishability, jumble, jumble together,
     lose resolution, low profile, macula, maculation, macule, mark,
     mark of Cain, mask, mess up, mist, mistiness, mix, muddle, muddy,
     obfuscate, obscure, obscurity, odium, onus, overlook distinctions,
     pale, paleness, patch, pillorying, point champain, reflection,
     reprimand, reproach, scorch, sear, semivisibility, shadowiness,
     singe, slubber, slur, smear, smirch, smoke, smouch, smudge, smut,
     smutch, soft focus, soften, soil, spatter, speck, speckle, splash,
     splatter, splotch, spot, stain, stigma, stigmatism, stigmatization,
     stigmatize, taint, tar, tarnish, tumble, uncertainty, unclearness,
     unform, unplainness, unshape, vague appearance, vagueness, veil,
     weaken, weakness

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