Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mass of fine droplets of water in the atmosphere near or in contact with the earth.
  • noun Water vapor condensed on and clouding the appearance of a surface.
  • noun Fine drops of a liquid, such as water, perfume, or medication, sprayed into the air.
  • noun A suspension of fine drops of a liquid in a gas.
  • noun Something that dims or conceals.
  • noun A haze before the eyes that blurs the vision.
  • noun Something that produces or gives the impression of dimness or obscurity.
  • noun A drink consisting of a liquor served over cracked ice.
  • intransitive verb To be or become obscured or blurred by or as if by mist.
  • intransitive verb To rain in a fine shower.
  • intransitive verb To conceal or veil with or as if with mist.
  • intransitive verb To moisturize (plants or dry air, for example) with a fine spray of water.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover or obscure with or as with mist; cloud; obscure.
  • To be misty or drizzling: as, it mists.
  • noun A cloud consisting of an aggregation of a vast number of minute globules of water, and resting upon the ground; fog.
  • noun 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
  • noun Something which dims or darkens and obscures or intercepts physical or intellectual vision like a fog; obscurity.
  • An obsolete or occasional form of missed, preterit and past participle of miss.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cloud; to cover with mist; to dim.
  • intransitive verb To rain in very fine drops.
  • noun Visible watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere, at or near the surface of the earth; fog.
  • noun Coarse, watery vapor, floating or falling in visible particles, approaching the form of rain.
  • noun Hence, anything which dims or darkens, and obscures or intercepts vision.
  • noun (Bot.) a composite plant (Eupatorium cœlestinum), having heart-shaped leaves, and corymbs of lavender-blue flowers. It is found in the Western and Southern United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Water or other liquid finely suspended in air.
  • noun countable A layer of fine droplets or particles.
  • verb To form mist.
  • verb To spray fine droplets on, particularly of water.
  • verb To cover with a mist.
  • verb of the eyes To be covered by tears.

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

  • verb become covered with mist
  • verb spray finely or cover with mist
  • noun a thin fog with condensation near the ground
  • verb make less visible or unclear

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English; see meigh- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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-.

Examples

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  • Clairol introduced the "Mist Stick," a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that "mist" is slang for manure.

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  • Not only had night fallen, but the mist from the marsh had grown heavy, so that the village looked to him like swarm of monstrous fireflies.

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  • A Sussex country churchyard in October: the leaves on the trees are turning golden, in the distant Wealden valley autumnal mist is beginning to rise, crows are cawing overhead, sheep are bleating in a nearby field and I am standing in front of the dilapidated grave of one of England's greatest cricketers.

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  • That article also references several more articles about nestling predation, predation on birds caught in mist nets, and eating of fish.

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  • Is it going to be just as difficult, or more so, once the H1N1 vaccine or mist is ready?

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  • Not only had night fallen, but the mist from the marsh had grown heavy, so that the village looked to him like swarm of monstrous fireflies.

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