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

  • n. The act or process of mixing: an alloy made from the mixture of two metals.
  • n. The condition of being mixed: the inevitable mixtures of urban neighborhoods.
  • n. Something produced by mixing.
  • n. One that consists of diverse elements: The day was a mixture of sun and clouds.
  • n. A fabric made of different kinds of thread or yarn.
  • n. Chemistry A composition of two or more substances that are not chemically combined with each other and are capable of being separated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of mixing.
  • n. Something produced by mixing.
  • n. Something that consists of diverse elements
  • n. A medicinal compound

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of mixing, or the state of being mixed.
  • n. That which results from mixing different ingredients together; a compound; ; -- also, a medley.
  • n. An ingredient entering into a mixed mass; an additional ingredient.
  • n. A kind of liquid medicine made up of many ingredients; esp., as opposed to solution, a liquid preparation in which the solid ingredients are not completely dissolved.
  • n. A mass of two or more ingredients, the particles of which are separable, independent, and uncompounded with each other, no matter how thoroughly and finely commingled; -- contrasted with a compound and solution.
  • n. An organ stop, comprising from two to five ranges of pipes, used only in combination with the foundation and compound stops; -- called also furniture stop. It consists of high harmonics, or overtones, of the ground tone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of mixing, or the state of being mixed.
  • n. That which results from mixing; a mixed mass, body, or assemblage; a compound or combination of different ingredients, parts, or principles; specifically, in pharmacy, a preparation in which insoluble substances are suspended in watery fluids by means of gum arabic, sugar, the yolk of eggs, or other viscid matter. When the suspended substance is of an oleaginous nature, the mixture is properly called an emulsion.
  • n. Admixture; something mingled or added.
  • n. In chem., a blending of several ingredients without chemical alteration of the substances, each of which still retains its own nature and properties: distinguished from combination, in which the substances unite by chemical attraction, lose their distinct properties, and form a compound differing in its properties from any of the ingredients.
  • n. In organ-building, a fluestop having two or more pipes to each digital, the pipes being so tuned as to give certain sets of the shriller harmonics of the fundamental tone of the digital; a compound stop.
  • n. A cloth of variegated or mottled coloring, usually of sober tints.
  • n. In printing, typesetting that calls for the use of three or more distinct faces or faces and bodies of type.
  • n. Same as krasis.
  • n. Synonyms Mixture, Miscellany, Medley, Farrago, Hotchpotch, Jumble; variety, diversity. Mixture is a general term denoting a compound of two or more ingredients, more often, but not necessarily, congruous. Miscellany is a collection of things not closely connected, but brought together by rational design: “A miscellany has the diversity without the incongruity of a medley.” (C. J. Smith, Syn. Disc., p. 564.) Specifically, a miscellany is a collection of independent literary pieces, the unity lying only in their general character. A medley is a mixture or collection of things distinctly incongruous: the word has the specific sense of a song or tune made up of scraps of other songs or tunes ingeniously and amusingly fitted together. Farrago emphasizes the confusion or indiscriminateness of the mixture or collection: it is applied chiefly to printed or spoken discourse. Hotchpotch is a still more energetic expression of the confusion of the collection, the idea being drawn from the boiling together of shreds of all sorts of food. Jumble implies the idea of a heap turned over and over till everything is hopelessly mixed. The figurative uses correspond essentially to the literal.
  • n. The material for the charge of an internal-combustion engine.

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

  • n. an event that combines things in a mixture
  • n. any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
  • n. (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)
  • n. a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
  • n. the act of mixing together

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mixtūra, from mixtus, past participle of miscēre, to mix.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mixtūra ("a mixing"), from mixtus, perfect passive participle of misceō ("mix"); compare mix. (Wiktionary)

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