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Slur

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slur

1. A mark or stain; hence, a slight reproach or disgrace; a stigma; a reproachful intimation; an innuendo. Gaining to his name a lasting slur.

2. A trick played upon a person; an imposition.

3. A mark, thus [<upslur/ or <downslur/], connecting notes that are to be sung to the same syllable, or made in one continued breath of a wind instrument, or with one stroke of a bow; a tie; a sign of legato.

4. In knitting machines, a contrivance for depressing the sinkers successively by passing over them.