ho·​mo·​ge·​neous | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio) , -ˈjēn-yəs \

Definition of homogeneous

1 : of the same or a similar kind or nature
2 : of uniform structure or composition throughout a culturally homogeneous neighborhood
3 : having the property that if each variable is replaced by a constant times that variable the constant can be factored out : having each term of the same degree if all variables are considered a homogeneous equation

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Other Words from homogeneous

homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun

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The scientific theories of Jules Verne's bold French adventurer, Michel Ardan, might have been a bit flawed (it's more accurate to classify the solar system as "heterogenous" - that is, consisting of dissimilar ingredients or constituents), but his use of the English word homogeneous was perfectly correct. Homogeneous, which derives from the Greek roots homos, meaning "same," and genos, meaning "kind," has been used in English since the mid-1600s. The similar word homogenous (originally created for the science of genetics and used with the meaning "of, relating to, or derived from another individual of the same species") can also be a synonym of homogeneous. The words need not be used exclusively in scientific contexts - one can speak of, for example, "a homogenous/homogeneous community."

Examples of homogeneous in a Sentence

In their natural state, mountains of this type are almost entirely covered by dense forest. The wooded landscape is very uniform, lacking in contrast, and any disturbance of the homogeneous green blanket is very obvious … — John Crowley, Focus on Geography, Winter 2007 One odd side effect is that, during the last 20 years, the formerly homogeneous, rather stodgy world of academic criticism has diversified into an incoherent mob of competing factions. — Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review, 24 Dec. 1995 The Benedictine convents for women, which had begun to be founded soon after Benedict's day, became particularly homogeneous in their social composition. The nuns of the ninth and tenth centuries were all high-born ladies, and it was almost impossible to be admitted to these convents without being a widowed or maiden relative of an important lord. — Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993 a fairly homogeneous collection of examples
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Recent Examples on the Web Their results show that what constitutes a great customer experience is not homogeneous and varies across different countries. Adrian Swinscoe, Forbes, "Havas CX’s X Index Offers A New And Holistic View Of A Brand’s Customer Experience," 18 Mar. 2021 By contrast, many African American, Caribbean American and LGBTQ people live in more homogeneous communities, which creates population blocs that can better influence who gets elected. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward and Palm Beach counties have few Hispanic elected officials, despite growing population. That may be starting to change.," 6 Mar. 2021 China already is among the world’s most homogeneous countries, with Han Chinese accounting for more than 90% of the population. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Beijing Accelerates Campaign of Ethnic Assimilation," 31 Dec. 2020 Some of Bren’s interviewees commented on the contradictions of the era, on the secret lives that swirled beneath the culture’s homogeneous surface. Maggie Doherty, The New Republic, "How the Barbizon Hotel Defined Women’s Ambition," 23 Feb. 2021 But Elkridge is hardly homogeneous; Black, Asian, Hispanic and biracial people make up about half the total population. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Community Guide 2021: Elkridge," 21 Feb. 2021 Somalia’s population, while ethnically homogeneous, is split among clans that compete, often violently, for political power. Max Bearak, BostonGlobe.com, "As US forces leave, Somalia’s elite fighting unit fears becoming a political pawn," 29 Dec. 2020 Filled with homogeneous modernist architecture, the design looks alienating, even oppressive. Washington Post, "At the Hirshhorn, six online art videos ask how media shapes memory," 16 Dec. 2020 Over the past few decades, as polarization has grown, families have in fact become more politically homogeneous. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "A Thanksgiving Myth Debunked: People Aren’t Fighting About Politics," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of homogeneous

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homogeneous

Medieval Latin homogeneus, homogenus, from Greek homogenēs, from hom- + genos kind — more at kin

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The first known use of homogeneous was in 1641

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31 Mar 2021

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“Homogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogeneous. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of homogeneous

somewhat formal : made up of the same kind of people or things


ho·​mo·​ge·​neous | \ -ˈjē-nē-əs, -nyəs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio) \

Medical Definition of homogeneous

: of uniform structure or composition throughout

Other Words from homogeneous

homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun

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