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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.
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.
And its narrow columns, smudgy type and one-column headlines with numerous subheads gave the Dispatch the appearance of a newspaper lifted out of the 1890s.
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?
These days, Latino papers as a whole resemble La Opinion far more than the smudgy, amateurish sheets you can still find in mostly ignored stacks in the restaurants and grocery stores of neighborhoods like Miami's Little Havana or Chicago's La Villita.
With his smudgy eyeliner and eye-rolling delivery, he sounds like Tommy Cooper and looks like Eighties rocker Zodiac Mindwarp.
I use my mouse to turn the pages, rather than my fingers, which keeps the smudgy fingerprints off my screen.
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.
Consider the ease with which people see life forms in the smudgy blots of a Rorschach inkblot test and name and talk to cars, computers, and other valued possessions.
Certainly not through our school history book, with a smudgy postage stamp, second-hand illustration of that mysterious portrait of Henry V with a droopy, dopey lower lip and no apparent back to his head.