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[əb'skjuə] брит. / амер.

  1. прил.

    1. непонятный; невразумительный, неясный

    2. неизвестный; малоизвестный

    3. тёмный, слабо освещённый, тусклый; мрачный

    4. неопределённый, неотчётливый, неясный, смутный

    5. глухой, уединённый, удалённый

    6. тусклый, выцветший (о красках)

    7. лингв. слабый, редуцированный (о гласных)

  2. гл.

      1. затемнять, затенять

      2. загораживать; мешать (обзору)

    1. делать неясным, непонятным; затемнять

    2. утаивать, скрывать

    3. затмевать, превосходить

    4. лингв. редуцировать (гласный)

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  1. v

    1. делать неясным

    2. скрывать, закрывать собой

  2. adj

    1. неясный, непонятный

    2. малоизвестный

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Annot Lyle is of unknown birth, - a captive, - the daughter, probably, of some obscure outlaw; a dependant on the hospitality of the M'Aulays.»
Эннот Лайл — девушка неизвестного происхождения, пленница, вероятно дочь какого-нибудь разбойника, и живет из милости в доме Мак-Олеев…
Scott, Walter / A Legend of MontroseСкотт, Вальтер / Легенда о Монтрозе
Легенда о Монтрозе
Скотт, Вальтер
© Издательство "Художественная литература", 1971
A Legend of Montrose
Scott, Walter
© 2008 by ICON Group International, Inc.
He began to fear recognition and feel an obscure shame as if it were his native streets which had the right to forgive and not he to reproach them with the dreary and dingy past.
Он узнавал все вокруг, и ему было стыдно, как будто они, его родные места, должны были простить его, а не он имел право укорять их за свое мрачное и безрадостное прошлое.
Greene, Henry Graham / Brighton RockГрин, Генри Грэм / Брайтонский леденец
Брайтонский леденец
Грин, Генри Грэм
© Greene Graham, 1938, 1940, 1945
© ООО Издательство "АСТ МОСКВА", 2009
Brighton Rock
Greene, Henry Graham
© 1938 by Graham Greene
© Graham Greene, 1966, 1970
In fact, the more you go into it the more obscure it seems.
Даже мраку больше.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor / A Raw YouthДостоевский, Фёдор / Подросток
Достоевский, Фёдор
© Издательство "Советская Россия", 1979
A Raw Youth
Dostoevsky, Fyodor
But yet she still felt that there was something unexplained and obscure in the matter.
Но всё-таки оставалось тут для нее нечто неясное и неизвестное.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor / The possessedДостоевский, Фёдор / Бесы
Достоевский, Фёдор
© Издательство "Художественная литература", 1989
The possessed
Dostoevsky, Fyodor
«I will inquire into that matter,» said his entertainer; and, leaving the apartment, he went in search of Caleb, whom, after some difficulty, he found in an obscure sort of dungeon, which had been in former times the buttery of the castle.
— Сейчас справлюсь! — ответил Рэвенсвуд и, покинув гостя, отправился разыскивать Калеба. Он нашел дворецкого в темной башенке, некогда служившей замковой кладовой.
Scott, Walter / Bride of LammermoorСкотт, Вальтер / Ламмермурская невеста
Ламмермурская невеста
Скотт, Вальтер
© Издательство "Художественная литература", 1962
Bride of Lammermoor
Scott, Walter
© BiblioBazaar, LLC
Somewhere on the face of those obscure waters moved the sense of yet another wrong and another victim, not Louise, nor Helen.
Где-то на поверхности этих темных вод витало предчувствие еще одной несправедливости и еще одной жертвы – не Луизы и не Элен.
Greene, Henry Graham / The Heart of the MatterГрин, Генри Грэм / Суть дела
Суть дела
Грин, Генри Грэм
© Greene Graham, 1938, 1940, 1945
© ООО Издательство "АСТ МОСКВА", 2009
The Heart of the Matter
Greene, Henry Graham
© 1948 by Graham Greene
© Graham Greene, 1971
But there are others who accuse him: there are vague rumours of a question, of a suspicion, an obscure report, a feeling of expectation.
Но ведь есть же и еще кое-кто из показывающих: это некоторое, хотя и неясное брожение в обществе какого-то вопроса, какого-то подозрения, слышен какой-то неясный слух, чувствуется, что существует какое-то ожидание.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor / The brothers KaramazovДостоевский, Фёдор / Братья Карамазовы
Братья Карамазовы
Достоевский, Фёдор
© Издательство "Художественная литература", 1988
The brothers Karamazov
Dostoevsky, Fyodor
When you superimpose an image onto an existing drawing, the transparent pixels do not obscure the pixels under them at all, whereas partially transparent pixels are mixed with the pixels under them.
При наложении рисунка на уже существующее изображение прозрачные пиксели не закрывают пиксели, находящиеся под ними, а частично прозрачные пиксели смешиваются с пикселями под ними.
Horstmann, Cay S.,Cornell, Gary / Core Java™ 2. Volume II - Advanced FeaturesХорстманн, Кей С.,Корнелл, Гари / Java 2. Том II. Тонкости программирования
Java 2. Том II. Тонкости программирования
Хорстманн, Кей С.,Корнелл, Гари
© Издательский дом "Вильямc", 2002
© Prentice Hall, Inc., 2002
Core Java™ 2. Volume II - Advanced Features
Horstmann, Cay S.,Cornell, Gary
© 2002 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
“I guess your meaning, lady,” said De Bracy, “though you may think it lies too obscure for my apprehension.
— Я угадываю вашу мысль, леди, — сказал де Браси, — хотя вы, может быть, думаете, что выразились слишком неясно для моего понимания.
Scott, Walter / YvanhoeСкотт, Вальтер / Айвенго
Скотт, Вальтер
© Издательство "Художественная литература ", 1962
Scott, Walter
When I was in high school, the literature on gender differences was limited to obscure studies, but my mother somehow intuitively knew about the cavernous conversational gap.
Когда я училась в институте, литература о половых различиях ограничивалась обзорными исследованиями, но моя мама! каким-то образом интуитивно знала о глубокой разнице в стилях общения мужчин и женщин.
Lowndes, Leil / How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with YouЛаундес, Лейл / Как влюбить в себя любого
Как влюбить в себя любого
Лаундес, Лейл
© Leil Lowndes, 1996
© «Добрая книга», 2001 - Перевод и оформление
How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You
Lowndes, Leil
© 1995 by Debra McCarthy-Anderson and Carol Bruce-Thomas
© 1996 by Leil Lowndes
That is all clear enough, but there was much that was still obscure.
Все это достаточно ясно, но многое оставалось для меня по-прежнему темным.
Conan Doyle, Arthur / The Reigate PuzzleКонан Дойль, Артур / Рейгетские сквайры
Рейгетские сквайры
Конан Дойль, Артур
© Издательство "Правда", 1966
The Reigate Puzzle
Conan Doyle, Arthur
© 1975 by Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.
'Was it some obscure isotope like that guy in London?'
Андропов подбросил ему какой-то радиоактивный изотоп, как тому русскому парню в Лондоне?
Rankin, Ian / Exit MusicРэнкин, Иэн / Музыка под занавес
Музыка под занавес
Рэнкин, Иэн
© 2007 by John Rebus Limited
© В. Гришечкин, перевод на русский язык, 2011
© ООО "Издательская группа Аттикус", Издательство "Иностранка" 2011
Exit Music
Rankin, Ian
© 2007 by John Rebus Limited
He resumed- 'And since I am myself poor and obscure, I can offer you but a service of poverty and obscurity.
Он продолжал: - И поскольку я сам безвестен и беден, то могу и вам предложить лишь работу скромную и незаметную.
Bronte, Charlotte / Jane EyreБронте, Шарлотта / Джен Эйр
Джен Эйр
Бронте, Шарлотта
© Издательство «Правда», 1988 г.
Jane Eyre
Bronte, Charlotte
© 2009 by Wayne Josephson
Penkawr-Che's face was a mask, dim and obscure.
Лицо Пенкавра было застывшей, растушеванной маской.
Brackett, Leigh / Reavers of SkaithБрэкетт, Ли / Грабители Скэйта
Грабители Скэйта
Брэкетт, Ли
Reavers of Skaith
Brackett, Leigh
© 1976 by Leigh Brackett
Keeping himself free from the tangle of the hedge he strolled across a triangle of obscure kitchen garden, and approached a dismal shed or lodge a yard or two beyond it.
Выпутавшись из переплетения ветвей, он побежал по темному треугольнику огорода к какому-то легкому строению.
Chesterton, G.K. / The Ball and the CrossЧестертон, Г.К. / Шар и крест
Шар и крест
Честертон, Г.К.
© Н. Трауберг, перевод, 2000
The Ball and the Cross
Chesterton, G.K.
© 2008 BiblioBazaar

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əb'skjuəAdjectiveнепонятный; невразумительный; неясныйExamples

I found her lecture very obscure. — Её лекция показалась мне очень непонятной.

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  1. 1.

    темный, тусклый, неявный

    translation added by Anna Karpunina


amblyopia of obscure origin
обскурационная амблиопия
for some obscure reason
по непонятной причине
obscure causation
неизвестная причина
obscure causation
неустановленное происхождение болезни
obscure edema
рефрактерный отек
obscure edema
скрытый отек
obscure failure
скрытый отказ
obscure meaning
неясное значение
obscure meaning
obscure wording
туманная формулировка
obscure situation
неясная обстановка
obscure wording
неясная формулировка
obscure explanation
невразумительное объяснение
obscure of
неизвестная причина
obscure of
неустановленное происхождение

Word forms


Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)obscuring
Past Participle (Participle II)obscured
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I obscurewe obscure
you obscureyou obscure
he/she/it obscuresthey obscure
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am obscuringwe are obscuring
you are obscuringyou are obscuring
he/she/it is obscuringthey are obscuring
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have obscuredwe have obscured
you have obscuredyou have obscured
he/she/it has obscuredthey have obscured
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been obscuringwe have been obscuring
you have been obscuringyou have been obscuring
he/she/it has been obscuringthey have been obscuring
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I obscuredwe obscured
you obscuredyou obscured
he/she/it obscuredthey obscured
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was obscuringwe were obscuring
you were obscuringyou were obscuring
he/she/it was obscuringthey were obscuring
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had obscuredwe had obscured
you had obscuredyou had obscured
he/she/it had obscuredthey had obscured
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been obscuringwe had been obscuring
you had been obscuringyou had been obscuring
he/she/it had been obscuringthey had been obscuring
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will obscurewe shall/will obscure
you will obscureyou will obscure
he/she/it will obscurethey will obscure
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be obscuringwe shall/will be obscuring
you will be obscuringyou will be obscuring
he/she/it will be obscuringthey will be obscuring
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have obscuredwe shall/will have obscured
you will have obscuredyou will have obscured
he/she/it will have obscuredthey will have obscured
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been obscuringwe shall/will have been obscuring
you will have been obscuringyou will have been obscuring
he/she/it will have been obscuringthey will have been obscuring
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would obscurewe should/would obscure
you would obscureyou would obscure
he/she/it would obscurethey would obscure
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be obscuringwe should/would be obscuring
you would be obscuringyou would be obscuring
he/she/it would be obscuringthey would be obscuring
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have obscuredwe should/would have obscured
you would have obscuredyou would have obscured
he/she/it would have obscuredthey would have obscured
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been obscuringwe should/would have been obscuring
you would have been obscuringyou would have been obscuring
he/she/it would have been obscuringthey would have been obscuring
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am obscuredwe are obscured
you are obscuredyou are obscured
he/she/it is obscuredthey are obscured
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being obscuredwe are being obscured
you are being obscuredyou are being obscured
he/she/it is being obscuredthey are being obscured
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been obscuredwe have been obscured
you have been obscuredyou have been obscured
he/she/it has been obscuredthey have been obscured
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was obscuredwe were obscured
you were obscuredyou were obscured
he/she/it was obscuredthey were obscured
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being obscuredwe were being obscured
you were being obscuredyou were being obscured
he/she/it was being obscuredthey were being obscured
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been obscuredwe had been obscured
you had been obscuredyou had been obscured
he/she/it had been obscuredthey had been obscured
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be obscuredwe shall/will be obscured
you will be obscuredyou will be obscured
he/she/it will be obscuredthey will be obscured
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been obscuredwe shall/will have been obscured
you will have been obscuredyou will have been obscured
he/she/it will have been obscuredthey will have been obscured


Positive degreeobscure
Comparative degreeobscurer
Superlative degreeobscurest