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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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Smudgy pattern with or without smooth peritoneal enhancement (Fig 1A) was the most commonly seen pattern in 14 (66%) patients.
For, looking back from the opposite end of the gallery, what in fact appear as smudgy, broken-up and twisted outlines of these colorful shapes are but mere reflections in two polished aluminum sculptures diagonally placed across the middle of the room.
The boy touches the corners of the page counting, "one, two, three" and again--three times in all--touching the page with smudgy fingertips while wishing that he, too, had a guardian angel for protection, and wishing that he could be the guardian angel who saves Issac from his father's knife.
In this case I would note that some of the spreadsheet extracts included in the text are so smudgy as to be unreadable.
Its characters break up and turn into drifting slightly smudgy coloured dots.
It is the big monster in every poet's smudgy window with its nose pressed to the glass looking in at him or her, and he doesn't know whether to hide, keep his face averted, or what the hell to dosomehow he or she thinks you cannot go up to that window and look that ugly face in the eyes.
The Book contains nine Start Sketching pencils in assorted degrees, from a soft, smudgy 6B to a smooth, crisp 2H.
Now, how do you vacuum the music off those clumsy, smudgy, music CDs and shake it into MP3 format?
With his smudgy eyeliner and eye-rolling delivery, he sounds like Tommy Cooper and looks like Eighties rocker Zodiac Mindwarp.
Many of the two dozen or so drab and smudgy papers sold no more than a few thousand copies in a city of 16 million -- but all of them took government cash and advertising while publishing ruling-party press releases disguised as Page One news.
The stumbling block to beaming live racing round the web, and tickling the wallets of the world's punters, has always been the poor quality of streamed video via standard 56k modems, which reduces races to a handful of smudgy snapshots, almost in the French Impressionist style.
The redesigned "magazine," which debuted February 6 after a four-month hiatus, is made of smudgy newsprint.