Hypertext Webster Gateway: "vague"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vague \Vague\, n. [Cf. F. vague.]
An indefinite expanse. [R.]

The gray vague of unsympathizing sea. --Lowell.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vague \Vague\, v. i. [F. vaguer, L. vagari, fr. vagus roaming.]
To wander; to roam; to stray. [Obs.] ``[The soul] doth vague
and wander.'' --Holland.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vague \Vague\, n.
A wandering; a vagary. [Obs.] --Holinshed.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Vague \Vague\ (v[=a]g), a. [Compar. {Vaguer} (v[=a]g"[~e]r);
superl. {Vaguest}.] [F. vague, or L. vagus. See {Vague}, v.
1. Wandering; vagrant; vagabond. [Archaic] ``To set upon the
vague villains.'' --Hayward.

She danced along with vague, regardless eyes.

2. Unsettled; unfixed; undetermined; indefinite; ambiguous;
as, a vague idea; a vague proposition.

This faith is neither a mere fantasy of future
glory, nor a vague ebullition of feeling. --I.

The poet turned away, and gave himself up to a sort
of vague revery, which he called thought.

3. Proceeding from no known authority; unauthenticated;
uncertain; flying; as, a vague report.

Some legend strange and vague. --Longfellow.

{Vague year}. See {Sothiac year}, under {Sothiac}.

Syn: Unsettled; indefinite; unfixed; ill-defined; ambiguous;
hazy; loose; lax; uncertain.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: not clearly understood or expressed; "an indeterminate turn
of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain
obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard;
"their descriptions of human behavior become vague,
dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of
speech...have so long passed for mysteries of
science"- John Locke [syn: {indeterminate}, {obscure}]
2: not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished; "an
undefined term"; "undefined authority"; "some undefined
sense of excitement"; "vague feelings of sadness"; "a
vague uneasiness" [syn: {undefined}] [ant: {defined}]
3: lacking clarity or distinctness; "a dim figure in the
distance"; "only a faint recollection"; "shadowy figures
in the gloom"; "saw a vague outline of a building through
the fog"; "a few wispy memories of childhood" [syn: {dim},
{faint}, {shadowy}, {wispy}]

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