Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of mixing.
  • n. The result of mixing; a mixture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or state of being mixed together; a union or mingling of constituents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of mixing; the state of being mingled; the blending of ingredients in one mass or compound.
  • n. The mass formed by mingling different things; a compound; a mixture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of mixing; the state of being mingled; the blending or joining of ingredients in one mass or compound; mingling; incorporation.
  • n. The mass formed by mixing or blending different things; a composition; a compound.
  • n. Eccles., in both the Greek and the Western Church since early times, the rite of putting a particle of the consecrated bread or host into the chalice, an act emblematic of the reunion of body and soul at the resurrection.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of mixing together

Etymologies

From con- + mixture. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pr. “And the commixture, which is in this cup, may He make living blood, and procuring life to all our souls; blood salutary — blood celestial — blood saving our souls and bodies — blood of our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, for remission of sins to those receiving them.”

    Dionysius the Areopagite, Works (1897)

  • Pr. “Himself also, through the same holy Apostles, gave a precept to the whole company and congregation of the faithful, saying, ‘This do to the memory of Me, and as oft as ye shall eat this bread and drink the commixture which is in this cup, and shall celebrate this feast, ye shall perform a commemoration of My death until I come.’”

    Dionysius the Areopagite, Works (1897)

  • Twitter is the latest instance in this ongoing process of pouring the content of hundreds of millions of minds onto a global cyber-canvass, the commixture becoming something new and unpredictable.

    Peter Daou: The Philosophical Significance of Twitter: Consciousness Outfolding

  • Those that are first raised to nobility, are commonly more virtuous, but less innocent, than their descendants; for there is rarely any rising, but by a commixture of good and evil arts.

    The Essays

  • Some apprehended a purifying virtue in fire, refining the grosser commixture, and firing out the aethereal particles so deeply immersed in it.

    Hydriotaphia, or Urn-burial

  • The sinking of bodies in water has likewise the same effect, as I remember to have heard of bottles of wine being let down into a deep well to cool, but through accident or neglect being left there for many years, and then taken out; and that the wine not only was free from sourness or flatness, but tasted much finer, owing, it would seem, to a more exquisite commixture of its parts.

    The New Organon

  • It is possible, therefore, that something similar may be the case with the mixture of flame and air in pneumatic bodies, which, though not readily mingling by simple commixture, yet seem to be mingled together in the spirits of plants and animals, especially as all animate spirit feeds on moist substances of both kinds, watery and fat, as its proper food.

    The New Organon

  • The Stoics attribute the cause of sterility to the contrariant qualities and dispositions of those who lie with one another; but if it chance that these persons are separated, and there happen a conjunction of those who are of a suitable temperament, then there is a commixture according to nature, and by this means an infant is formed.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Anaxagoras, that the reason of the inequality ariseth from the commixture of things earthy and cold; and that fiery and caliginous matter is jumbled together, whereby the moon is said to be a star of a counterfeit aspect.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • But health is the harmonious commixture of the elements.

    Essays and Miscellanies

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