from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mass of fine droplets of water in the atmosphere near or in contact with the earth.
- n. Water vapor condensed on and clouding the appearance of a surface.
- n. Fine drops of a liquid, such as water, perfume, or medication, sprayed into the air.
- n. A suspension of fine drops of a liquid in a gas.
- n. Something that dims or conceals.
- n. A haze before the eyes that blurs the vision.
- n. Something that produces or gives the impression of dimness or obscurity: the mists of the past.
- n. A drink consisting of a liquor served over cracked ice.
- intransitive v. To be or become obscured or blurred by or as if by mist.
- intransitive v. To rain in a fine shower.
- transitive v. To conceal or veil with or as if with mist.
- transitive v. To moisturize (plants or dry air, for example) with a fine spray of water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Water or other liquid finely suspended in air.
- n. A layer of fine droplets or particles.
- v. To form mist.
- v. To spray fine droplets on, particularly of water.
- v. To cover with a mist.
- v. To be covered by tears.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Visible watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere, at or near the surface of the earth; fog.
- n. Coarse, watery vapor, floating or falling in visible particles, approaching the form of rain.
- n. Hence, anything which dims or darkens, and obscures or intercepts vision.
- transitive v. To cloud; to cover with mist; to dim.
- intransitive v. To rain in very fine drops.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cloud consisting of an aggregation of a vast number of minute globules of water, and resting upon the ground; fog.
- n. Precipitation consisting of extremely fine droplets of water, much smaller and more closely aggregated than in rain: distinguished from fog in that the droplets are larger and have a perceptible downward motion. In a ship's logbook, abbreviated masculine
- n. Something which dims or darkens and obscures or intercepts physical or intellectual vision like a fog; obscurity.
- To cover or obscure with or as with mist; cloud; obscure.
- To be misty or drizzling: as, it mists.
- An obsolete or occasional form of missed, preterit and past participle of miss.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become covered with mist
- v. spray finely or cover with mist
- n. a thin fog with condensation near the ground
- v. make less visible or unclear
Middle English, from Old English; see meigh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English mist ("mist"), from Proto-Germanic *mikhstaz (compare Middle Low German mist, Icelandic mistur, Gothic maehstus), ultimately from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *miǵʰ-, *meiǵʰ-. (Wiktionary)