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OBSCU'RE, a. [L. obscurus.]

1. Dark; destitute of light.

Whoso curseth his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Prov. 20.

2. Living in darkness; as the obscure bird.

3. Not easily understood; not obviously intelligible; abstruse; as an obscure passage in a writing.

4. Not much known or observed; retired; remote from observation; as an obscure retreat.

5. Not noted; unknown; unnoticed; humble; mean; as an obscure person; a person of obscure birth.

6. Not easily legible; as an obscure inscription.

7. Not clear, full or distinct; imperfect; as an obscure view of remote objects.

OBSCU'RE, v.t. [L. obscuro.]

1. To darken; to make dark. The shadow of the earth obscures the moon, and the body of the moon obscures the sun, in an eclipse.

2. To cloud; to make partially dark. Thick clouds obscure the day.

3. To hide from the view; as, clouds obscure the sun.

4. To make less visible.

Why, 'tis an office of discovery, love, and I should be obscured.

5. To make less legible; as, time has obscured the writing.

6. To make less intelligible.

There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of the learned as this.

7. To make less glorious, beautiful or illustrious.

- And see'st not sin obscures thy godlike frame?

8. To conceal; to make unknown.

9. To tarnish; as, to obscure brightness.



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OBSCU'RE, a. [L. obscurus.]

1. Dark; destitute of light.

Whoso curseth his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Prov. 20.

2. Living in darkness; as the obscure bird.

3. Not easily understood; not obviously intelligible; abstruse; as an obscure passage in a writing.

4. Not much known or observed; retired; remote from observation; as an obscure retreat.

5. Not noted; unknown; unnoticed; humble; mean; as an obscure person; a person of obscure birth.

6. Not easily legible; as an obscure inscription.

7. Not clear, full or distinct; imperfect; as an obscure view of remote objects.

OBSCU'RE, v.t. [L. obscuro.]

1. To darken; to make dark. The shadow of the earth obscures the moon, and the body of the moon obscures the sun, in an eclipse.

2. To cloud; to make partially dark. Thick clouds obscure the day.

3. To hide from the view; as, clouds obscure the sun.

4. To make less visible.

Why, 'tis an office of discovery, love, and I should be obscured.

5. To make less legible; as, time has obscured the writing.

6. To make less intelligible.

There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of the learned as this.

7. To make less glorious, beautiful or illustrious.

- And see'st not sin obscures thy godlike frame?

8. To conceal; to make unknown.

9. To tarnish; as, to obscure brightness.

OB-SCURE, a. [L. obscurus; It. oscuro.]

  1. Dark; destitute of light. Whoso curseth his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Prov. xx.
  2. Living in darkness; as, the obscure bird. Shak.
  3. Not easily understood; not obviously intelligible; abstruse; as, an obscure passage in a writing. Dryden.
  4. Not much known or observed; retired; remote from observation; as, an obscure retreat.
  5. Not noted; unknown; unnoticed; humble; mean; as; an obscure person; a person of obscure birth. Atterbury.
  6. Not easily legible; as, an obscure inscription.
  7. Not clear, full or distinct; imperfect; as, an obscure view of remote objects.

OB-SCURE, v.t. [L. obscuro.]

  1. To darken; to make dark. The shadow of the earth obscures the moon, and the body of the moon obscures the sun, in an eclipse.
  2. To cloud; to make partially dark. Thick clouds obscure the day.
  3. To hide from the view; as, clouds obscure the sun.
  4. To make less visible. Why, 'tis an office of discovery, love, / And I should be obscured. Shak.
  5. To make less legible; as, time has obscured the writing.
  6. To make less intelligible. There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of the learned as this. Wake.
  7. To make less glorious, beautiful or illustrious. And see'st not sin obscures thy godlike frame? Dryden.
  8. To conceal; to make unknown. Milton.
  9. To tarnish; as, to obscure brightness.

Ob*scure"
  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. To render obscure] to darken; to make dim; to keep in the dark; to hide; to make less visible, intelligible, legible, glorious, beautiful, or illustrious.

    They are all couched in a pit hard by Herne's oak, with obscured lights. Shak.

    Why, 't is an office of discovery, love,
    And I should be obscured.
    Shak.

    There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of learned men as this. Wake.

    And seest not sin obscures thy godlike frame? Dryden.

  3. To conceal one's self; to hide; to keep dark.

    [Obs.]

    How! There's bad news.
    I must obscure, and hear it.
    Beau. *** Fl.

  4. Obscurity.

    [Obs.] Milton.
  5. Of or pertaining to darkness or night; inconspicuous to the sight; indistinctly seen; hidden; retired; remote from observation; unnoticed.

    The obscure bird
    Clamored the livelong night.
    Shak.

    The obscure corners of the earth. Sir J. Davies.

  6. Not noticeable; humble; mean.

    "O base and obscure vulgar." Shak. "An obscure person." Atterbury.
  7. Not easily understood; not clear or legible; abstruse or blind; as, an obscure passage or inscription.
  8. 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.

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Obscure

OBSCU'RE, adjective [Latin obscurus.]

1. Dark; destitute of light.

Whoso curseth his father or mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness. Proverbs 20:20.

2. Living in darkness; as the obscure bird.

3. Not easily understood; not obviously intelligible; abstruse; as an obscure passage in a writing.

4. Not much known or observed; retired; remote from observation; as an obscure retreat.

5. Not noted; unknown; unnoticed; humble; mean; as an obscure person; a person of obscure birth.

6. Not easily legible; as an obscure inscription.

7. Not clear, full or distinct; imperfect; as an obscure view of remote objects.

OBSCU'RE, verb transitive [Latin obscuro.]

1. To darken; to make dark. The shadow of the earth obscures the moon, and the body of the moon obscures the sun, in an eclipse.

2. To cloud; to make partially dark. Thick clouds obscure the day.

3. To hide from the view; as, clouds obscure the sun.

4. To make less visible.

Why, 'tis an office of discovery, love, and I should be obscured.

5. To make less legible; as, time has obscured the writing.

6. To make less intelligible.

There is scarce any duty which has been so obscured by the writings of the learned as this.

7. To make less glorious, beautiful or illustrious.

- And see'st not sin obscures thy godlike frame?

8. To conceal; to make unknown.

9. To tarnish; as, to obscure brightness.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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PERCH, n. [L. perca.] A fish of the genus Perca. This fish has a deep body, very rough scales, an arched back, and prickly dorsal fins.

PERCH, n. [L. pertica.]

1. A pole; hence, a roost for fowls, which is often a pole; also, any thing on which they light.

2. A measure of length containing five yards and a half; a rod. In the popular language of America, rod is chiefly used; but rod,pole, and perch, all signifying the same thing, may be used indifferently.

PERCH, v.i. To sit or roost; as a bird.

1. To light or settle on a fixed body; as a bird.

PERCH, v.t. To place on a fixed object or perch.

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