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neb·u·lous

 (nĕb′yə-ləs)
adj.
1. Cloudy, misty, or hazy.
2. Lacking definite form or limits; vague: nebulous assurances of future cooperation.
3. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a nebula.

[Middle English, from Latin nebulōsus, from nebula, cloud; see nebh- in Indo-European roots.]

neb′u·lous·ly adv.
neb′u·lous·ness n.

nebulous

(ˈnɛbjʊləs)
adj
1. lacking definite form, shape, or content; vague or amorphous: nebulous reasons.
2. (Astronomy) of, characteristic of, or resembling a nebula
3. rare misty or hazy
ˈnebulously adv
ˈnebulousness n

neb•u•lous

(ˈnɛb yə ləs)

adj.
1. hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused.
2. cloudy or cloudlike.
3. of or resembling a nebula or nebulae; nebular.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin nebulōsus full of mist, foggy, cloudy. See nebula, -ous]
neb′u•lous•ly, adv.
neb′u•lous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nebulous - lacking definite form or limits; "gropes among cloudy issues toward a feeble conclusion"- H.T.Moore; "nebulous distinction between pride and conceit"
indistinct - not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand; "indistinct shapes in the gloom"; "an indistinct memory"; "only indistinct notions of what to do"
2.nebulous - of or relating to or resembling a nebula; "the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system"
astronomy, uranology - the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole
3.nebulous - lacking definition or definite contentnebulous - lacking definition or definite content; "nebulous reasons"; "unfixed as were her general notions of what men ought to be"- Jane Austen
indefinite - vague or not clearly defined or stated; "must you be so indefinite?"; "amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges"; "he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"

nebulous

adjective
2. obscure, vague, dim, murky, shadowy, cloudy, misty, hazy, amorphous, indeterminate, shapeless, indistinct, unformed We glimpsed a nebulous figure through the mist.

nebulous

adjective
Liable to more than one interpretation:
Translations

nebulous

[ˈnebjʊləs] ADJ (fig) → vago, nebuloso

nebulous

[ˈnɛbjʊləs] adjnébuleux/euse

nebulous

adj
(Astron) → nebelartig

nebulous

[ˈnɛbjʊləs] adjnebuloso/a (fig) → nebuloso/a, vago/a

nebulous

a. nebuloso-a.
References in classic literature ?
It is true that her ambitions were rather nebulous in form, consisting chiefly of a desire to escape with Geeka to some remote and unknown spot where there were no Sheiks, no Mabunus--where El Adrea could find no entrance, and where she might play all day surrounded only by flowers and birds and the harmless little monkeys playing in the tree tops.
They were like the tiniest grains of dust,and they whirled round and gathered in clusters in a nebulous sort of way.
But my nostrils snuffed up a scent of cigar smoke, clouds of which the narrator had emitted by way of visible emblem, I suppose, of the nebulous obscurity of his tale.
And now, as the night was senescent, And star-dials pointed to morn -- As the star-dials hinted of morn -- At the end of our path a liquescent And nebulous lustre was born, Out of which a miraculous crescent Arose with a duplicate horn -- Astarte's bediamonded crescent, Distinct with its duplicate horn.
More nebulous were the memories of those early mornings when she had paused in the midst of getting breakfast to sniff in the clover-laden air and think how wonderful it would be if only she needn't stay in the hot, stuffy kitchen but could be free to call Bill and go picnicking or loaf deliciously under one of the big elms.
Nevertheless, something nebulous, preoccupied, vague, in his bearing and regard, marked him as one who probably had no very definite aim or concern about his material future.
It had been, when it had existed, so nebulous that words were not needed to eliminate it.
His little face was tense in study, for he had partially grasped, in a hazy, nebulous way, the rudiments of a thought which was destined to prove the key and the solution to the puzzling problem of the strange little bugs.
The sight of this gang of ruffians banded together to prey upon the clergy had given rise to an idea in the boy's mind, which had been revolving in a nebulous way within the innermost recesses of his subconsciousness since his vanquishing of the three knights had brought him, so easily, such riches in the form of horses, arms, armor and gold.
He controlled himself, he knew not why, save that he was possessed by a nebulous awareness that Skipper must be considered as a god should be considered, and that this was no time to obtrude himself on Skipper.
But this possession of her was dim and nebulous and totally different from possession as he had known it.
With help on the inside, this was not difficult, for in that shadow-world of secret service identity was nebulous.