简明英汉词典

ambiguous
[7Am5bi^juEs]
adj.
暧昧的, 不明确的

美国传统词典[双解]

ambiguous
am.big.u.ous
AHD:[2m-b1g“y?-…s]
D.J.[#m6bigju8*s]
K.K.[#m6b!gju*s]
adj.(形容词)

(1)

Open to more than one interpretation:
含糊其词的:可作多种解释的:
an ambiguous reply.
含糊其词的回答

(2)

Doubtful or uncertain:
含糊的,不确定的:
“The theatrical status of her frequently derided but constantly revived plays remained ambiguous”(Frank Rich)
“她那屡次被嘲弄而又不断重演的戏剧,在戏剧界中的地位尚难以确定”(弗兰克·里奇)

语源

(1)

From Latin ambiguus [uncertain]
源自 拉丁语 ambiguus [不确定的]

(2)

from ambigere [to go about]
源自 ambigere [忙于]

(3)

ambi- [around] * see ambi-
ambi- [在…周围] *参见 ambi-

(4)

agere [to drive] * see ag-
agere [驾驶] *参见 ag-

参考词汇

(1)

ambiguousequivocalobscurereconditeabstrusevaguecrypticenigmatic

(2)

These adjectives mean lacking clarity of meaning.
这些形容词都有意思不清楚的含义。

(3)

Ambiguous indicates the presence of two or more possible meanings:
Ambiguous 表示存在着两个或两个以上的可能的含义:
Frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were never able to assemble the new toy. Something
这对父母沮丧于含糊不清的说明,因为根本不可能把新玩具组装好。

(4)

equivocal is unclear or misleading, sometimes as a result of a deliberate effort to avoid exposure of one's position:
equivocal 是指不清楚或容易引起误解,有时是为了故意避免暴露某人的位置:
“The polling had a complex and equivocal message for potential female candidates at all levels” (David S. Broder).
“民意测验对各阶层潜在的女性候选人的态度复杂而又模糊” (大卫·S.布罗德)。

(5)

Obscure implies that meaning is hidden, either from lack of clarity of expression or from inherent difficulty of comprehension:
Obscure 表示意思隐含,或者是因为表达不清楚,或者因为话本身就难以理解:
Those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure and too complex.
那些不喜欢卡夫卡作品的人说他的风格晦涩并且过于复杂。

(6)

Recondite and
Recondite

(7)

abstruse connote the erudite obscurity of the scholar:
abstruse 表示因学者的博学而产生的晦涩:
“some recondite problem in historiography” (Walter Laqueur).
“历史编纂中的一些深奥的问题” (沃尔特·拉克尔)。
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them. What is
这个教授的课如此深奥以致于学生们常常逃课。

(8)

vague is unclear because it is expressed in indefinite form or because it reflects imprecision of thought:
vague 的意思是不清楚,因为它是用不确定的形式表达的或者因为它反映出思想的不精确:
“Vague . . . forms of speech . . . have so long passed for mysteries of science” (John Locke).
“针对科学奥秘的模糊…语言形式…消失已久” (约翰·洛克)。

(9)

Cryptic suggests a puzzling terseness that is often intended to discourage understanding:
Cryptic 表示费解的简洁,通常使人难以理解:
The new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms. Something
新的保险单上没有写上隐晦或神秘的词句。

(10)

enigmatic is mysterious, puzzling, and often challenging:
enigmatic 意思是神秘的,谜一样的,常为挑战性的:
I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later.
直到后来我才领会那个谜一般评论的含义。

现代英汉词典

ambiguous
[Am5bI^jJEs]
adj.

(1)

有多种意思的;意思含糊的
an ambiguous reply
意思含混的答覆

(2)

不确定的;不清楚的

现代英汉综合大辞典

ambiguous
[7Am5bi^juEs]
adj.

(1)

有两种或 多种意思的

(2)

含糊的, 模棱两可的, 暧昧的

(3)

多重性的; 可疑的; 分歧的

(4)

二价的; 双原子价的
an ambiguous answer
模棱两可的答复
This is an ambiguous sentence.
这是一个含意不清的句子。
ambiguous case
【数】歧例

继承用法

ambiguously
adv.

ambiguousness
n.

参考词汇
obscure    

英文相关词典

ambiguous
clear    definite    distinct    

[七国语言]英汉公共大词典

ambiguous
含糊的

美国传统词典

ambiguous
am.big.u.ous
AHD:[2m-b1g“y?-…s]
D.J.[#m6bigju8*s]
K.K.[#m6b!gju*s]
adj.

(1)

Open to more than one interpretation:
an ambiguous reply.

(2)

Doubtful or uncertain:
“The theatrical status of her frequently derided but constantly revived plays remained ambiguous”(Frank Rich)

语源

(1)

From Latin ambiguus [uncertain]

(2)

from ambigere [to go about]

(3)

ambi- [around] * see ambi-

(4)

agere [to drive] * see ag-

参考词汇

(1)

ambiguous, equivocal, obscure, recondite, abstruse, vague, cryptic, enigmatic

(2)

These adjectives mean lacking clarity of meaning.

(3)

Ambiguous indicates the presence of two or more possible meanings:
Frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were never able to assemble the new toy. Something

(4)

equivocal is unclear or misleading, sometimes as a result of a deliberate effort to avoid exposure of one's position:
“The polling had a complex and equivocal message for potential female candidates at all levels” (David S. Broder).

(5)

Obscure implies that meaning is hidden, either from lack of clarity of expression or from inherent difficulty of comprehension:
Those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure and too complex.

(6)

Recondite and

(7)

abstruse connote the erudite obscurity of the scholar:
“some recondite problem in historiography” (Walter Laqueur).
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them. What is

(8)

vague is unclear because it is expressed in indefinite form or because it reflects imprecision of thought:
“Vague . . . forms of speech . . . have so long passed for mysteries of science” (John Locke).

(9)

Cryptic suggests a puzzling terseness that is often intended to discourage understanding:
The new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms. Something

(10)

enigmatic is mysterious, puzzling, and often challenging:
I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later.

英汉船舶大词典

ambiguous
n.二价的,模棱两可的

朗文英汉综合电脑词典

ambiguous
【修】二义,多义,歧义,模糊(的)

英汉航空大词典

ambiguous
n.可能有两种解释的,模棱两可的

英汉化学大词典

ambiguous
adj.含糊的,分歧的,二价的

英汉海运大词典

ambiguous
模棱两可的,含糊的

英汉计算机大词典

ambiguous
adj.含糊的(分歧的,二价的)

英汉建筑大词典

ambiguous
adj.含糊的,不明确的

英汉农牧林大词典

ambiguous
n.不明确的,分歧的

英汉水利大词典

ambiguous
n.含糊的,模棱两可的,多义的

英汉心理学大词典

ambiguous
两可图

英汉医学大词典

ambiguous
adj.模糊不清的,多义的

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