Definitions

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.
  • intransitive v. To rain in very fine drops.
  • transitive v. To cloud; to cover with mist; to dim.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

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  • Rx abbv/ mist. for mistura = mix.

    February 18, 2009

  • A lot of love for this word, I see. Compare moist!

    December 13, 2008

  • German for 'dung'

    January 9, 2008