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Much of what Karl Popper contributed to the philosophy of science has now passed into mainstream thought, into the currency of that nebulous, tricky ontology known as 'common sense.'
Liz Williams

Meaning of "nebulous" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF NEBULOUS

nebulous  [ˈnɛbjʊləs] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF NEBULOUS

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Nebulous is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES NEBULOUS MEAN IN ENGLISH?

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 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.

Definition of nebulous in the English dictionary

The first definition of nebulous in the dictionary is lacking definite form, shape, or content; vague or amorphous. Other definition of nebulous is of, characteristic of, or resembling a nebula. Nebulous is also misty or hazy.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH NEBULOUS


bibulous
ˈbɪbjʊləs
calculus
ˈkælkjʊləs
cumulus
ˈkjuːmjʊləs
fabulous
ˈfæbjʊləs
fantabulous
fænˈtæbjʊləs
homunculus
hɒˈmʌŋkjʊləs
lobulus
ˈlɒbjʊləs
meticulous
mɪˈtɪkjʊləs
miraculous
mɪˈrækjʊləs
modulus
ˈmɒdjʊləs
oculus
ˈɒkjʊləs
pabulous
ˈpæbjʊləs
populace
ˈpɒpjʊləs
populous
ˈpɒpjʊləs
ridiculous
rɪˈdɪkjʊləs
sabulous
ˈsæbjʊləs
stimulus
ˈstɪmjʊləs
tintinnabulous
ˌtɪntɪˈnæbjʊləs
tubulous
ˈtjuːbjʊləs
unscrupulous
ʌnˈskruːpjʊləs

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE NEBULOUS

nebris
Nebuchadnezzar
Nebuchadrezzar
nebula
nebulae
nebular
nebular hypothesis
nebule
nebulisation
nebulise
nebuliser
nebulium
nebulization
nebulize
nebulizer
nebulosities
nebulosity
nebulously
nebulousness
nebuly

WORDS THAT END LIKE NEBULOUS

acidulous
antituberculous
cellulous
crapulous
credulous
cumulous
edentulous
emulous
fistulous
garrulous
ghetto fabulous
incredulous
jealous
overscrupulous
pendulous
querulous
scrofulous
scrupulous
sedulous
tremulous
tuberculous

Synonyms and antonyms of nebulous in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «NEBULOUS»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «nebulous» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of nebulous

Translation of «nebulous» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF NEBULOUS

Find out the translation of nebulous to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of nebulous from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «nebulous» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

星云
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

nebuloso
570 millions of speakers

English

nebulous
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अस्पष्ट
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ضبابي
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

туманное
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

nebuloso
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আবছা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

nébuleux
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak masuk akal
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

nebulös
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

漠然とした
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

성운
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nebulous
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

âm u
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மங்கலான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अस्पष्ट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

bulutsu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

nebuloso
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

chaotyczny
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

туманне
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

nebulos
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

νεφελώδες
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vaag
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

dunkla
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

tåkete
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of nebulous

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «NEBULOUS»

The term «nebulous» is regularly used and occupies the 72.999 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «NEBULOUS» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about nebulous

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8 QUOTES WITH «NEBULOUS»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word nebulous.
1
Monica Ali
I don't want to get hung up on what 'people,' that nebulous mass, think about me. That's the way to unhappiness, I think.
2
Nelson Goodman
Truth cannot be defined or tested by agreement with 'the world'; for not only do truths differ for different worlds but the nature of agreement between a world apart from it is notoriously nebulous.
3
Gotye
I guess Surrealism has a draw for me because it's an unknown world. It's a world of subconscious. Some things you can't really get your hands on very easily. Things that are kind of nebulous and they feel like they're not completely formed. You have to feel your way through that.
4
Sam Harris
Spiritual life can certainly follow the pattern one sees in the fake martial arts, with most teachers making nebulous and magical claims that never get tested, while their students derange themselves with weird ideas, empty rituals, and other affectations.
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Mindy Kaling
I fall into that nebulous, quote-unquote, normal American woman size that legions of fashion stylists detest. For the record, I'm a size 8 - this week, anyway. Many stylists hate that size because I think to them, it shows that I lack the discipline to be an ascetic; or the confident, sassy abandon to be a total fatty hedonist.
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Liz Williams
Much of what Karl Popper contributed to the philosophy of science has now passed into mainstream thought, into the currency of that nebulous, tricky ontology known as 'common sense.'
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Olivia Williams
I didn't know box office was a thing you could possess but I don't have it. I go up for lovely roles and people with this nebulous thing called box office get them so there isn't much I can do about that unless you know where I can get some box-office myself!
8
John Sergeant Wise
In such a condition of affairs, the practical difference between the abolitionist and the sympathizer, to the man who lost his slave and could not recover it, was very nebulous.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «NEBULOUS»

Discover the use of nebulous in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to nebulous and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Brain-Body-Mind in the Nebulous Cartesian System: A Holistic ...
This book amalgamates results from work on the brain, vegetative system, brains in the evolution of species, the maturing brain, dynamic memory, emotional processes, and cognitive impairment in neuro-psychiatric disorders (Alzheimer, ...
Erol Başar, 2010
2
Nebulous
Seven hundred years have passed since Azar's birth.
Shiloh Walker, 2010
3
A History of Modern Planetary Physics: Nebulous Earth
This series will interest historians and philosophers of science as well as earth scientists and geologists.
Stephen G. Brush, 1996
4
On Nebulous Stars, Properly So Called
ON NEBULOUS STARS, &e. Read before the ROYAL SOCIETY, Feb. IO, 1791. N one of my late exa'minations of a space in the heavens, which l had not reviewed before, I discovered a star of about the 8/[1 magnitude, shrraunded wit/3 ...
William Herschel, 1791
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A Brief Examination of the nebulous Hypothesis, with ...
Admitting, then, for the sake of argument (but contrary to the laws of physics), that this nebulous mass could begin to change its condition and volume, some extraneous cause not considered in the hypothesis, a force not directed to the centre ...
John WALLIS (Lecturer on Astronomy.), 1845
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A Popular Grammar of the Elements of Astronomy: Adapted to ...
In the year 1774, the 4th of March, I observed the nebulous •tar, which is the 43d of the Connoissance des Temps, and is not many minutes north of the great nebulae ; but at the same time I also took notice of two similar, but much smaller ...
Thomas Squire, 1836
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The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to the Deep-Sky Catalogs
56 M25 A nebulous star cluster 274:25 +04:19 18:31.6 −18:57 18:31.6 −19:15 M22 A rather vivid nebula 275:15 −00:42 18:36.4 −23:5418:36.4 −23:54 58 M28 A Nebula 277:54 −01:43 18:48.4 −24:43 18:24.5 −24:52 59 M26 Star cluster with  ...
Jerry D. Cavin, 2011
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The Gallery of Nature and Art: Or, a Tour Through Creation ...
77 Which may be seen in Mr. Bode's Atlas Coelestis - 78 The real form of the nebulous matter of which nebulae are composed may be inferred from their figure « 79 The form of the nebulous matter of round nebulae is globular 84 This form is ...
Edward Polehampton, John Mason Good, 1818
9
Philosophical Magazine and Journal
the bright image had reached its greatest brilliancy. The bright and the nebulous images, therefore, comported themselves exactly like the two images formed by doubly refracting crystals; and the small portion of nebulous light, which ...
10
The Sidereal Heavens and Other Subjects Connected with ...
In 1783 I examined the nebulous star, and found it to be faintly surrounded with a circular glory of whitish nebulosity, faintly joining it to the great nebulae. About the latter end of that year I remarked that it was not equally surrounded, but most ...
Thomas Dick, 1844

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «NEBULOUS»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term nebulous is used in the context of the following news items.
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We told you NBA free agency would be weird
It's like they're stuck between a core they don't fully believe in and a nebulous future without a keystone player. (I do love that DeMarre got ... «SB Nation, Jul 15»
2
Was Sandra Bland traffic stop legal and fair?
In the sometimes nebulous law of car stops, there are a few bright-line rules. One of these rules will inform how this video will be scrutinized ... «4029tv, Jul 15»
3
Eye on Art: Artel Gallery show shoots for the moon
The resulting landscapes recall Turner's agility with earth tones and nebulous affects. PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL. Eye on Art: Museum ... «Pensacola News Journal, Jul 15»
4
What to look for in tonight's Olympic debate
... thin margins, unwanted and unneeded venues, and only vague, nebulous promises about how taxpayers will be protected from financial risk. «Boston Globe, Jul 15»
5
New England Patriots RUMORS: NFL Owners Pushing Goodell To …
Still, what's most interesting about Florio's report is the fact that several of the league's "influential" - whatever such a nebulous term means ... «Headlines & Global News, Jul 15»
6
Moto X 2015 Rumors: Better Selfies, Fingerprint Sensor and More
More nebulous are the rumors surrounding the design of the next Moto X. More than likely, Motorola won't fix what isn't broken - the 2014 Moto ... «Tom's Guide, Jul 15»
7
California Kids Rank Low in Well-Being
And in terms of the nebulous "family and community" calculus, California is down to 42nd, largely to do with the fact that California ranks last in ... «KCET, Jul 15»
8
Future food - not what you think
Two friends, wanting the same dessert but in different size, in other words, could order it not somewhat nebulous relative sizes - small, medium ... «Independent Online, Jul 15»
9
New lawsuit addresses 'irreparable' harm in foster care system
Although a concrete end goal was still nebulous by the end of the speech, what wasn't was the scope of the trappings of the foster care system, ... «Amsterdam News, Jul 15»
10
Grumpy Old Fan | 'Cyborg' asks, what's left of Victor Stone?
As those years with the Titans have been replaced by a nebulous tenure with the League, it's probably safe to say that Vic's been through some ... «Comic Book Resources, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Nebulous [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/nebulous>. Mar 2020 ».
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