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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
nebulous
adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ The rules are too nebulous to be applied consistently.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A nebulous collective leadership, including the chiefs of the powerful armed forces, may still be holding the balance of power.
▪ As indicated earlier, it is one of the most nebulous terms in the vocabulary of politics.
▪ Rationalism of this kind has encouraged the growth of more and more nebulous deism.
▪ Statistics grapples with the quantification of such nebulous concepts as probability, certainty and error.
▪ There is no doubt that the old rating system was based on the nebulous concept of a fair market rent.
▪ What results, though, is not a nebulous diffusion of Spenserian energies, but their reinforcement.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Nebulous

Nebulous \Neb"u*lous\, a. [L. nebulosus: cf. F. n['e]buleux. See Nebula.]

  1. Cloudy; hazy; misty.

  2. (Astron.) Of, pertaining to, or having the appearance of, a nebula; nebular; cloudlike. [1913 Webster] -- Neb"u*lous*ly, adv. -- Neb"u*lous*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
nebulous

late 14c., "cloudy, misty," from Latin nebulosus "cloudy, misty, foggy, full of vapor," from nebula (see nebula). The figurative sense of "hazy, vague, formless" is first attested 1831. Astronomical sense is from 1670s. Related: Nebulously; nebulousness.

Wiktionary
nebulous

a. 1 In the form of a cloud or haze; hazy. 2 Vague or ill-defined. 3 Relating to a nebula or nebulae.

WordNet
nebulous
  1. adj. lacking definite form or limits; "gropes among cloudy issues toward a feeble conclusion"- H.T.Moore; "nebulous distinction between pride and conceit" [syn: cloudy, nebulose]

  2. lacking definition or definite content; "nebulous reasons"; "unfixed as were her general notions of what men ought to be"- Jane Austen [syn: unfixed]

Wikipedia
Nebulous

Nebulous is a post-apocalyptic science fiction comedy radio show written by Graham Duff and produced by Ted Dowd from Baby Cow Productions; it is directed by Nicholas Briggs. The series premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC Radio 4. Set in the year 2099 AD, the show focuses on the adventures of the eponymous Professor Nebulous, director of operations for the eco-troubleshooting team KENT (the Key Environmental Non-Judgmental Taskforce) as they combat various catastrophes and try to set the world back on the right path following a worldwide environmental disaster known as "The Withering". As well as being a parody of a number of famous science fiction programmes, including Doctor Who, Quatermass and Doomwatch, Nebulous is considered a cult radio programme, attracting a number of guest appearances from famous actors.

There have been three series of Nebulous; the first was broadcast between 6 January and 10 February 2005. The series was well received by critics, and a second series was broadcast between 5 April and 10 May 2006, with a third series commissioned by the BBC which began broadcasting on Thursday, 15 May 2008 at 23:00 BST. The first series was released on compact disc on 5 February 2007 by BBC Audio. Since 2009 all three series have been broadcast on BBC Radio 7. Duff has also announced that he is planning to make an animated series of Nebulous.

Nebulous (disambiguation)

Nebulous may refer too:

  • Nebulous (astronomy), cloudy or cloud-like.
  • Nebulous, a post-apocalyptic science fiction comedy written by Graham Duff, the series premiered in the United Kingdom on BBC Radio 4.
Nebulus
  • Nebulus (game), a popular computer game by Hewson featuring a small frog-like creature climbing rotating towers.
  • A former name for Alphazone musical group.

Usage examples of "nebulous".

This was the person who had driven my car through the night five months before--the person I had not seen since that brief call when he had forgotten the oldtime doorbell signal and stirred such nebulous fears in me--and now he filled me with the same dim feeling of blasphemous alienage and ineffable cosmic hideousness.

This was the person who had driven my car through the night five months before - the person I had not seen since that brief call when he had forgotten the oldtime doorbell signal and stirred such nebulous fears in me - and now he filled me with the same dim feeling of blasphemous alienage and ineffable cosmic hideousness.

Dicky, unvanquished master of the nebulous answer on almost any subject except the gastronomic merits of expensive restaurants.

And if we ascend into the history of the past, we shall find ample testimony that the planetary matter now composing the members of the solar system, was once one vast nebulous cloud of atoms, partaking of the vorticose motion of the fluid involving them.

In the nebulous depths a silver bull cavorted, his head wreated with flowers.

Now she was in a region of ambivalent drives, and of nebulous and stillborn wishes, anxieties, doubts interwoven with regressive beliefs and libido wishes of a fantastic nature.

Since then they had been close, and sometimes Flossie talked to Shorty about things that bothered her, or else she just described to him the nebulous thoughts floating like lazy tropical fish through her brain, and she never felt Shorty was mocking her, not even silently in his mind.

I think, her way of expressing various nebulous and unformulated suspicions.

Yet this love, so unceasingly sewn, she knew when she came to consider and marvel, was more of Billy than of the nebulous, ungraspable new bit of life that eluded her fondest attempts at visioning.

Other folks were eager to embrace Renard as the suspect in the Bichon killingbetter a tangible evil than a nebulous one.

At successive stages of the concentration, rings after the manner of those of Saturn separated from the disklike mass, each breaking up and consolidating into a body of nebulous matter which followed in the same path, generally forming rings which became by the same process the moons or satellites of the sphere.

Especially if the nebulous and unfathomable Maybeso was waiting to greet them at the other end of their terrifying plunge.

Our sponsors in the Defense Department could hardly tell a desperate major general whose division was headed for Recife without anti-tank guns that rail space was needed for something nebulous but infinitely more important.

But now, in the unillusioned light and broody quiet of a Sabbath morn, the cold, silent mill, shorn of its nebulous halo, looked old and worn--an aged actor off the stage.

Milky Way, although a complete ring, is broad and diffuse on one side through one-half its course -- that half alone containing nebulæ -- and relatively narrow and well defined on the opposite side, the author of this singular speculation avers that these facts can best be explained by supposing that the invisible universe consists of two interpenetrating parts, one of which is a chaos of indefinite extent, strewn with stars and nebulous dust, and the other a long, broad but comparatively thin cluster of stars, including the sun as one of its central members.