Weekly Word is a weekly post intended to illustrate the meaning and use of a single word. The chosen word will begin with a different letter each week, as Louise (my daughter) and I work our way through the alphabet.
Louise posts on her website:
This week’s word begins with the letter N:
1. Cloudy, misty or hazy e.g. indistinct shapes in the gloom
2. (Of a concept) lacking definite form or limits; vague; not clearly defined or easy to understand
3. (As in astronomy) of, relating to, or characteristic of a nebula or nebulae (plural) in deep space; nebular
- For a good, simple definition of a nebula and nebulae see this one from Nasa.
neb·u·lous / neb-yuh-luhs (nĕb′yə-ləs)
Ambiguous amorphous indistinct indefinite indeterminate unclear vague ill-defined imprecise hazy cloudy murky misty fuzzy unformed shadowy confused lacking definition opaque blurred blurry out of focus foggy faint shadowy dim obscure shapeless formless nebulose
As in Sense I: Middle English (1375-1425) from Latin nebulōsus, from nebula, cloud
Sense 2 dates from the 19th century
Use the Word in a Sentence:
1. Believing himself to be alone in the deserted old farmhouse, the nebulous shape coming towards him in the hall gave Jim the shock of his life. There was nothing for it but to turn tail and run.
2. After listening for the best part of an hour to the CEO rambling nebulously about his plans to increase the productivity of the firm, few of the employees were any the wiser.
3. Waking up in a hospital bed following the car accident, Mike’s memory of what happened was decidedly nebulous for several hours.
If you would like to join us in doing this weekly post, both Louise and I would be happy to see you. You can pick your own word and illustrate its use in any way you choose (even a short story) or use your chosen word to follow a similar pattern to our posts.