Definitions

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

  • adjective Blended together into one unit or mass.
  • adjective Consisting or made up of a variety of different entities: synonym: miscellaneous.
  • adjective Both favorable and unfavorable.
  • adjective Relating to or made up of people of different races or social classes.
  • adjective Made up of, intended for, or open to people of different sexes.
  • adjective Crossbred.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Filthy; vile.
  • In geology, technically applied to those igneous rocks which under the microscope are found to consist of both crystalline and glassy matter, the two being intimately involved.
  • Consisting of different elements or parts; mingled: as, a mixed feeling of pleasure and grief.
  • Promiscuous; indiscriminate; not comprised in one class or kind.
  • Confused; befogged mentally. [Colloq.] Also spelled mixt.
  • plural In metaphysics See mode.

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

  • adjective Formed by mixing; united; mingled; blended. See mix, v. t. & i.
  • adjective (Law) a suit combining the properties of a real and a personal action.
  • adjective a mixtilineal angle.
  • adjective a textile fabric composed of two or more kinds of fiber, as a poplin.
  • adjective a marriage between persons of different races or religions; specifically, one between a Roman Catholic and a Protestant.
  • adjective a whole number and a fraction taken together.
  • adjective a railway train containing both passenger and freight cars.
  • adjective (Mus.) voices of both males and females united in the same performance.

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

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of mix.
  • adjective Having two or more separate aspects.
  • adjective Not completely pure, tainted or adulterated.
  • adjective Including both male(s) and female(s).
  • adjective Stemming from two or more races or breeds

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

  • adjective involving or composed of different races
  • adjective consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From mix, equivalent to mix +‎ -ed. Compare Middle English mixid ("mixed", past participle), Old English miscode ("mixed", preterite). More at mix.

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  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touched off a political firestorm in W.shington when she touched down in Syria, drawing a strong rebuke from President George W. Bush, who lashed out at what he calls the mixed signals a visit by such a high-ranking U.S. official sends to the Syrian leadership, a state sponsor of terror.

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  • All that is requisite to my present design, is to show what sort of ideas those are which I call mixed modes; how the mind comes by them; and that they are compositions made up of simple ideas got from sensation and reflection; which I suppose I have done.

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