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obscure
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

2 meanings, 7 uses
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1  —4 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Definition
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
  • This has been forestalled and obscured until now, but nevertheless must be known.
    Part 1 (95% in)
obscured = hidden; or made less visible
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Now we enter the trees again, and the sight of the mountaintop is obscured by their branches and I'm glad.
    Part 3 (41% in)
  • For him Quality is better seen up at the timberline than here obscured by smoky windows and oceans of words, and he sees that what he is talking about can never really be accepted here because to see it one has to be free from social authority and this is an institution of social authority.
    Part 4 (78% in)
  • For a moment I see a distant break in the fog where some people rest in the sand, but soon the fog rolls in and the people are obscured.
    Part 4 (93% in)

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2  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Definition
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
  • ...some of whom, like Socrates and Aristotle and Newton and Einstein, were known to almost everyone, but most of whom were far more obscure.
    Part 2 (37% in)
obscure = not known to many people
  • In the dusk coming down the trail he saw a movement and then what seemed to be a dog approaching on the trail, a very large sheep dog, or an animal more like a husky, and he wondered what would bring a dog to this obscure place at this time of evening.
    Part 1 (94% in)

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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
  • The night all around is thick and obscure.
    Part 1 (66% in)

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