1. the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.
2. duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration.
3. a system or method of measuring or reckoning the passage of time.
4. a limited period or interval, as between two successive events: a long time.
5. a particular period considered as distinct from other periods.
[uhb-skyoord] -verb. (from obscure ob-scure) -adjective
1. not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive: obscure motivations.
2. (of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.
3. (of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning plainly, disguising the obvious.
4. indistinct to the sight or any other sense; not readily seen, heard, etc.; faint.
5. lacking in light or illumination; enveloped in, concealed by, or frequenting darkness, dark; dim: an obscure back room.
6. to conceal or conceal by confusing (the meaning of a statement, poem, etc.)