heterogeneous

adjective
het·​ero·​ge·​neous | \ ˌhe-tə-rə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce heterogeneous (audio) , ˌhe-trə-, -nyəs \

Definition of heterogeneous

: consisting of dissimilar or diverse ingredients or constituents : mixed an ethnically heterogeneous population

Other Words from heterogeneous

heterogeneously adverb
heterogeneousness noun

Examples of heterogeneous in a Sentence

the seating in the hall was a heterogeneous collection of old school desk chairs, wood and metal folding chairs, and even a few plush theater seats
Recent Examples on the Web Prioritize building a multidimensional, heterogeneous environment, where every application showcases its capabilities and communicates with other services in a transparent, collaborative ecosystem. Fay Arjomandi, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 The first thing is to say that Latin America is a very, very big, heterogeneous area. CBS News, 22 June 2022 The simple truth is that system memory bandwidth cannot keep pace with CPU core growth, especially with heterogeneous computing that features a CPU coupled with accelerators including GPUs, FPGAs, and ASICs to address data-centric workloads. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Judge Terry Green said that law improperly mandated heterogeneous boards and must protect the right of individuals to equal treatment. Theo Francis, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Teachers and administrators intentionally create heterogeneous groups that allow students to work with others from different backgrounds, which sometimes leads to conflict. Kat Mckim, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 There is a need to create a viable market for tradable rights from very heterogeneous rights in ways that ensure the incumbents are protected, while still allowing the resource to be moved to a much more valuable use. Soulaima Gourani, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 However, learning such equations in heterogeneous solids (for example, due to phase separation) is challenging. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2022 The brain is comprised of a heterogeneous network of neurons of different sizes and with shapes that vary from triangular to round, packed more or less tightly in different areas. Helen Shen, Scientific American, 21 June 2013 See More

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First Known Use of heterogeneous

1630, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heterogeneous

Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from heter- + genos kind — more at kin

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16 Jul 2022

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“Heterogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heterogeneous. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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heterogeneous

adjective
het·​ero·​ge·​neous | \ ˌhet-ə-rə-ˈjē-nē-əs, ˌhe-trə-, -nyəs How to pronounce heterogeneous (audio) \

Medical Definition of heterogeneous

: not uniform in structure or composition tumors which have a heterogeneous composition by reason of structure and presence of necrosisYear Book of Endocrinology

Other Words from heterogeneous

heterogeneously adverb

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