from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To combine or mix so that the constituent parts are indistinguishable from one another: "He has no difficulty blending his two writing careers: novels and films” ( Charles E. Claffey).
- transitive v. To combine (varieties or grades) to obtain a mixture of a particular character, quality, or consistency: blend tobaccos.
- intransitive v. To form a uniform mixture: "The smoke blended easily into the odor of the other fumes” ( Norman Mailer).
- intransitive v. To become merged into one; unite.
- intransitive v. To create a harmonious effect or result: picked a tie that blended with the jacket. See Synonyms at mix.
- n. The act of blending.
- n. Something, such as an effect or a product, that is created by blending: "His face shows, as he stares at the fire, a blend of fastidiousness and intransigence” ( John Fowles). See Synonyms at mixture.
- n. Linguistics A word produced by combining parts of other words, as smog from smoke and fog.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mixture of two or more things.
- n. A word formed by combining two other words; a grammatical contamination, portmanteau word.
- v. To mix.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To mix or mingle together; esp. to mingle, combine, or associate so that the separate things mixed, or the line of demarcation, can not be distinguished. Hence: To confuse; to confound.
- transitive v. To pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain.
- intransitive v. To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other, as colors.
- n. A thorough mixture of one thing with another, as color, tint, etc., into another, so that it cannot be known where one ends or the other begins.
- transitive v. To make blind, literally or figuratively; to dazzle; to deceive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mix together in such a way that the things mixed become inseparable, or cannot easily be separated.
- To cause to pass imperceptibly into one another; unite so that there shall be no perceptible line of division: as, to blend the colors of a painting.
- To mix up in the mind; confound (one thing with another).
- To stir up (a liquid); hence, to render turbid; figuratively, disturb.
- To pollute by mixture; spoil or corrupt.
- Synonyms Mix, etc. See mingle.
- To mix or mingle; unite intimately so as to form a harmonious whole; unite so as to be indistinguishable.
- To pass imperceptibly into each other: as, sea and sky seemed to blend.
- n. A mixing or mixture, as of liquids, colors, etc.: as, tea of our own blend.
- n. The brand, kind, or quality produced by mixing together different sorts or qualities of a commodity: as, a fine blend of tea; the finest blend of whisky.
- To blind; deceive.
- In biology, to exhibit or transmit to descendants the resultant or combination of resemblances to the two parents in inheritance.
- In psychology, to combine in such a way that the combining qualities are thrust more or less into the background by the total impression which results from their combination; fuse.
- n. In psychology, a fusion; a connection of mental processes in which the constituents are forced into the background by the total impression.
- n. A simplified spelling of blende.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of blending components together thoroughly
- n. an occurrence of thorough mixing
- v. mix together different elements
- v. blend or harmonize
- v. combine into one
- n. a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings
Middle English blenden, probably from Old Norse blanda, blend-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English blenden, either from Old English blandan, blondan or from Old Norse blanda ("to blend, mix") (which was originally a strong verb with the present-tense stem blend; compare blendingr ("a blending, a mixture; a half-breed")), whence also Danish blande, or from a blend of the Old English and Old Norse terms. Compare Gothic 𐌱𐌻𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌽 (blandan), Old Church Slavonic блєсти (blesti, "to go astray"). (Wiktionary)