homogeneous

adjective

ho·​mo·​ge·​neous ˌhō-mə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio)
-ˈjēn-yəs
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
homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun

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Homogeneous comes from the Greek roots hom-, meaning "same," and genos, meaning "kind." The similar word homogenous is a synonym of the same origin.

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
Recent Examples on the Web The idea is to get a population of voters that’s a tad more diverse than Iowa, which is about as ethnically homogeneous as Finland. Gail Collins, The Mercury News, 21 Jan. 2024 The result is that our taste has gotten, as the Real Housewives suggested, only more homogeneous, more limited. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 24 Aug. 2023 An actual separation seems to underly some of these differences, as members of the two parties tend to live in relatively homogeneous communities, cluster together on social media, and rely on completely different news sources. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 21 Aug. 2023 However, the drawback of a homogeneous workforce can be detrimental to business. Cyndy Trivella, Forbes, 5 May 2023 In contrast to Alex G’s more eclectic approach, Alvvays stuck to a more homogeneous sound. Terence Cawley, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2023 The study was also done within a very homogeneous population, and is not necessarily applicable to the human population at large. Mira Miller, Verywell Health, 18 July 2023 But the conversation is not homogeneous, said Wendy Zhou, a doctoral researcher at Georgia State University who studies the Chinese internet. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 But this just really ensures that everything is nice and emulsified and homogeneous. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of homogeneous was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Homogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogeneous. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

homogeneous

adjective
ho·​mo·​ge·​neous ˌhō-mə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio)
-nyəs
1
: of the same or a similar kind or nature
2
: being the same throughout
a culturally homogenous neighborhood
homogeneity
-jə-ˈnē-ət-ē
noun
homogeneously
-ˈjē-nē-əs-lē
adverb

Medical Definition

homogeneous

adjective
ho·​mo·​ge·​neous -ˈjē-nē-əs, -nyəs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio)
: of uniform structure or composition throughout
homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun
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