Ob*scure", n. Obscurity.
Ob*scure" (?), a.
[Compar. Obscurer (?);
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.]
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 Shak.
Clamored the livelong night.
The obscure corners of the earth.
Sir J. Davies.
3. Not noticeable; humble; mean. "O
base and obscure vulgar." Shak. "An obscure
4. Not easily understood; not clear or
legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or
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.
Syn. -- Dark; dim; darksome; dusky; shadowy; misty;
abstruse; intricate; difficult; mysterious; retired; unnoticed;
unknown; humble; mean; indistinct.
Ob*scure", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Obscured (?); 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
They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak,
with obscured lights. Shak.
Why, 't is an office of discovery, love, Shak.
And I should be obscured.
There is scarce any duty which has been so
obscured by the writings of learned men as this.
And seest not sin obscures thy godlike
Ob*scure" (?), v. i. To conceal
one's self; to hide; to keep dark. [Obs.]
How! There's bad news. Beau. &
I must obscure, and hear it.