from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; not homogeneous. See Synonyms at miscellaneous.
- adj. Completely different; incongruous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.
- adj. Incommensurable because of different kinds.
- adj. Having more than one phase (solid, liquid, gas) present in a system or process.
- adj. Visibly consisting of different components.
- adj. Of a network comprising different types of computers, potentially with vastly differing memory sizes, processing power and even basic underlying architecture; alternatively, of a data resource with multiple types of formats.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Differing in kind; having unlike qualities; possessed of different characteristics; dissimilar; -- opposed to homogeneous, and said of two or more connected objects, or of a conglomerate mass, considered in respect to the parts of which it is made up.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Different in kind; widely dissimilar; unlike; foreign; incongruous.
- Composed of parts of different kinds; having widely unlike elements or constituents: opposed to homogeneous.
- The attraction between the different kinds of electricity and magnetism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature
- adj. originating outside the body
From Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs : hetero-, hetero- + genos, kind, race; see genə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Ancient Greek ἑτερογενής ("of different kinds"), from ἕτερος (heteros, "other, another, different") + γένος (genos, "kind"). Compare hetero- and -ous. (Wiktionary)