American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- 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).
- v. To combine (varieties or grades) to obtain a mixture of a particular character, quality, or consistency: blend tobaccos.
- v. To form a uniform mixture: "The smoke blended easily into the odor of the other fumes” ( Norman Mailer).
- v. To become merged into one; unite.
- 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To mix together in such a way that the things mixed become inseparable, or cannot easily be separated. In particular: To mix (different sorts or qualities of a commodity) in order to produce a particular brand, kind, or quality: as, to
blendteas; to blend tobacco.
- 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.
- n. A mixture of two or more things.
- n. linguistics A word formed by combining two other words; a grammatical contamination, portmanteau word.
- v. transitive To mix.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. obsolete To pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain.
- 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.
- v. obsolete To make blind, literally or figuratively; to dazzle; to deceive.
- 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)
“In popular use, the term blend is used for any word formed by shortening one word and combining what is left with all or part of another.”
“Made with 38% merlot, 38% cabernet sauvignon, 12% cabernet franc and 12% petit verdot, this blend is a highly aromatic wine with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, blueberry jam, star anise and cinnamon.”
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“Herbal teas are very flexible in terms of ingredients and thus taste, and so a chocolate herbal blend is the most approachable type of chocolate-flavored tea.”
“She said that garam masala could sub, so I took a halfway route and kind of guestimated how much of various spices to add to my garam masala (the Parsi spice blend is much bigger than a basic garam masala).”
“The blend is then mixed with glass pigments to produce the brilliant colors; then it is covered in fiberglass and cools down to a smooth crystalline finish.”
“It, or a polyester blend, is a good choice for sitting areas since polyester is resistant to wrinkles.”
“The final blend is enjoyable boisterous conversation as you smell and feel the roaring fire next to you.”
“The specific blend is 35% merlot, 25% cabernet franc, 20% cabernet sauvignon, 15% syrah and 5% petit verdot.”
“The final blend is 60% viognier and 40% chardonnay (both lots of fruit sourced from Martha Clara Vineyards), all fermented in stainless steel without any malo-lactic fermentation.”
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