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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Brown barges puttered slowly through the turbid water.
▪ Eight hundred miles of the Missouri would be transformed into a chain of huge, turbid reservoirs.
▪ In turbid water the depth to which corals grow will be more limited than in clear water.
▪ My few days were intermediate - cloudy, rough, with the reef and turbid water yet to fully recover.
▪ Some tropical rivers are covered with floating vegetation, and so full of rotting leaves that they are black and turbid.
▪ These chylomicrons enter the blood through the lymphatic system where they impart a turbid appearance to serum.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Turbid \Tur"bid\, a. [L. turbidus, from turba tumult, disturbance, akin to turbare to disturb. See Trouble, and cf. Disturb, Perturb.]

  1. Having the lees or sediment disturbed; roiled; muddy; thick; not clear; -- used of liquids of any kind; as, turbid water; turbid wine.

    On that strong, turbid water, a small boat, Guided by one weak hand, was seen to float.

  2. Disturbed; confused; disordered. `` Such turbid intervals that use to attend close prisoners.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, from Latin turbidus "muddy, full of confusion," from turbare "to confuse, bewilder," from turba "turmoil, crowd," probably from Greek tyrbe "turmoil, tumult, disorder," from PIE *(s)twer- (1) "to turn, whirl" (see storm (n.)). Related: Turbidly; turbidness.


a. Having the lees or sediment disturbed; roiled; muddy; thick; not clear; -- used of liquids of any kind.


adj. (of especially liquids) clouded as with sediment; "a cloudy liquid"; "muddy coffee"; "murky waters" [syn: cloudy, muddy, mirky, murky]

Turbid (disambiguation)

Turbid may refer to:

  • Turbidity, cloudiness in a liquid
  • Turbid Creek, a river in Alaska
  • Turbid Lake, a lake in Wyoming
  • Turbid Lake (Minnesota), a lake in Minnesota

Usage examples of "turbid".

To the right of the walkway was the drainage way that carried the sewage, the surface of the turbid waters another cubit or so below the walkway.

The finishing point is reached as soon as the solution becomes turbid from precipitated cupric hydrate.

Once as they were sauntering homeward by the brink of the turbid Eger, they came to a man lying on the grass with a pipe in his mouth, and lazily watching from under his fallen lids the cows grazing by the river-side, while in a field of scraggy wheat a file of women were reaping a belated harvest with sickles, bending wearily over to clutch the stems together and cut them with their hooked blades.

Kestrel, peering into the turbid waters of the fishpond with a jaundiced eye, made no reply.

It had originally been yellow, but time had turned that elegance to ashes, to a turbid sallow unvenerable white.

The public, having accustomed itself to this stronger and more turbid brewage, finds no flavor in the crystal songs of Mozart.

When the surf came forward, the two Riders were submerged in the turbid chill, surrounded by the coralesks and intertidal creatures that built their little homes here.

A turbid flood of ideas, of vague surmises, of apprehensions, of forecasts, swept across her consciousness.

As the seed-wheat plotteth of spring, laid under the face of the ground That the foot of the husbandman treadeth, that the wind of the winter wears, That the turbid cold flood hideth from the constant hope of the years.

The next morning Bristol, at first over a hilly country with magnificent oak-trees,--happily not girdled, as these stately monarchs were often seen along the roads in North Carolina,--and then up Beaver Creek, a turbid stream, turning some mills.

Then he finally saw white rectangles, that looked more like ghosts of integrated circuits rather then the real things, to materialize on the board out of coagulations of turbid water that were running over the circuit board like ribbons of mist over a morning land.

Twice that afternoon Stephen was called on deck, once to see a troop of grampuses, and once to be shown a startling change in the sea, which from a turbid, undistinguished glaucous hue had become clear, glass clear, and of that aquamarine colour which had come back to his mind when he spoke of Leopard's iceberg: the rest of the time he spent in the cabin, speaking Malay with Ahmed or listening to him read from Fox's text.

He looked at the run of the waves—the turbid yellow line a hundred yards offshore which marked the long, long expanse of tidal sandbanks which ran the full length of this barest and most harborless, wind and current-swept stretch of English shore—tossed a handful of moss from the palisade into the air and studied the way it flew.

That thought, mixed with the turbid sensations of imprinting, left me feeling a bit queasy.

Quanga and the jewelers, as they went on, came to turbid rills, made by a temporary melting, that issued from beneath the glittering blue-green ramparts.