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smudge

[sməj]
(plant pathology)
Any of several fungus diseases of cereals and other plants characterized by dark, sooty discolorations.

smudge

1. A mark or smear on a surface, as from a hand or object rubbing dirt on a paint film.
2. The scrapings and cleanings of paint pots, mixed together and used as a primer.
3. In plumbing, a mixture of glue sizing and lampblack; painted on a lead surface to prevent solder from adhering.
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Pencil is precise enough for lines but not too hard so can be smudged.
AIRPORT BLUES: The ups and downs of flying into Newcastle leave reader Richard Dodd feeling his holiday had been smudged.
Smudged slightly when wet and texture looked a bit flaky by the end of the day.
Each was undecorated save for the little varnished wall plaques referenced in their subtitles--their inspirational messages of domestic devotion smudged and obscured with paint, just as tellingly disfigured in Beck's scheme as the family values they were meant to express.
Editor's note: A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: 'Our machines handle up to 30,000 letters a day and sometimes the cancellation marks are smudged, but the majority should be clear.
At the end, coatless, faces smudged with black greasepaint, fingers curled, the dancers advance on the audience like a phalanx of ghouls from Michael Jackson's "Thriller.
50) Can be used as a fine line or smudged for special effects.
Or, use the Smudge Brush to create a soft, smudged look.
It lined my eyes in a soft black colour that's perfect for during the day, but I found it hard to draw on neatly and it smudged badly.
You'll need to go to a salon to have this done, but what happens is a tint is used on the area and it's smudged over the grey.