Definitions for slurslɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

slurslɜr(v.; n.)slurred, slur•ring

  1. (v.t.)to pronounce (a syllable, word, etc.) indistinctly by combining, reducing, or omitting sounds, as in hurried or careless utterance.

  2. to pass over without due mention or consideration (often fol. by over).

  3. to sing to a single syllable or play without a break (two or more tones of different pitch).

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. (v.i.)to read, speak, or sing hurriedly and carelessly.

  5. (n.)a slurred utterance or sound.

  6. the combination of two or more tones of different pitch, sung to a single syllable or played without a break. a curved mark indicating this.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of slur:

1590–95; perh. akin to LG slurren to shuffle, D sleuren to trail, drag

slurslɜr(v.; n.)slurred, slur•ring

  1. (v.t.)to insult or disparage.

  2. (n.)a disparaging remark; slight:

    quick to take offense at a slur.

  3. a blot or stain, as upon reputation.

Origin of slur:

1600–10; perh. identical with late ME sloor mud, slime, of obscure orig.; cf. slurry

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slur(noun)

    (music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato

  2. aspersion, slur(noun)

    a disparaging remark

    "in the 19th century any reference to female sexuality was considered a vile aspersion"; "it is difficult for a woman to understand a man's sensitivity to any slur on his virility"

  3. smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slur(verb)

    a blemish made by dirt

    "he had a smudge on his cheek"

  4. slur(verb)

    play smoothly or legato

    "the pianist slurred the most beautiful passage in the sonata"

  5. slur(verb)

    speak disparagingly of; e.g., make a racial slur

    "your comments are slurring your co-workers"

  6. slur(verb)

    utter indistinctly

  7. blur, dim, slur(verb)

    become vague or indistinct

    "The distinction between the two theories blurred"

Wiktionary

  1. slur(Noun)

    A set of notes that are played legato, without separate articulation.

  2. slur(Noun)

    The symbol indicating a legato passage, written as an arc over the slurred notes.

  3. slur(Noun)

    A trick or deception.

  4. slur(Noun)

    In knitting machines, a device for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.

  5. slur(Verb)

    To insult or slight.

  6. slur(Verb)

    To run together; to articulate poorly.

    He slurs his speech when he is drunk.

  7. slur(Verb)

    To play legato or without separate articulation.

  8. Origin: From slore. Compare Old Norse slóðra. Cognate with Middle Low German sluren. Related to dialect Norwegian sløra, Danish sløre (especially for wheels).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slur(verb)

    to soil; to sully; to contaminate; to disgrace

  2. Slur(verb)

    to disparage; to traduce

  3. Slur(verb)

    to cover over; to disguise; to conceal; to pass over lightly or with little notice

  4. Slur(verb)

    to cheat, as by sliding a die; to trick

  5. Slur(verb)

    to pronounce indistinctly; as, to slur syllables

  6. Slur(verb)

    to sing or perform in a smooth, gliding style; to connect smoothly in performing, as several notes or tones

  7. Slur(verb)

    to blur or double, as an impression from type; to mackle

  8. Slur(noun)

    a mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo

  9. Slur(noun)

    a trick played upon a person; an imposition

  10. Slur(noun)

    a mark, thus [/ or /], connecting notes that are to be sung to the same syllable, or made in one continued breath of a wind instrument, or with one stroke of a bow; a tie; a sign of legato

  11. Slur(noun)

    in knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them

Freebase

  1. Slur

    A slur is a symbol in Western musical notation indicating that the notes it embraces are to be played without separation. This implies legato articulation, and in music for bowed string instruments, it also indicates the notes should be played in one bow; and in music for wind instruments, that the notes should be played without using the tongue to rearticulate each note. In guitar music, the slur indicates that the notes should be played without plucking the individual strings, i.e. hammer-ons and pull-offs. In vocal music, slurs are usually used to mark notes which are sung to a single syllable. A slur is denoted with a curved line generally placed over the notes if the stems point downward, and under them if the stems point upwards: When two instruments written on the same staff both have slurred phrases with the same note values it is customary to have two sets of slurs, though in some scores just one set is used and it is understood to apply to both of the instruments. The slur is not to be confused with two other similar musical symbols. The tie is a curved line that links two notes of the same pitch to show that their durations are to be added together. The phrase mark is a curved line that extends over a passage which is visually indistinguishable from the slur, and indicates that the passage is to be interpreted as a single phrase.

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