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 Japan is notoriously homogeneous, or, without mincing words, xenophobic. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Netflix’s Yasuke Is an Action-Packed Step Forward for Anime," 27 Apr. 2021 In addition to being relatively homogeneous, the city’s force is also especially large. Washington Post, "Police keep using force against Black citizens in Rochester. And the demands for change keep growing.," 6 Apr. 2021 Like much of rural Minnesota, this county is homogeneous; Waseca County is 95% white. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "In rural Minnesota, where cops and community are familiar, Derek Chauvin trial looks different," 4 Apr. 2021 Private clinics are scattered among the shops and food stalls on nearly every block in Ratodero, their homogeneous fronts no different from those of the commercial stores. New York Times, "The City Losing Its Children to H.I.V.," 31 Mar. 2021 The judgment also depends on treating every state as a homogeneous entity, eliding variations of urban vs. rural, rich neighborhoods vs. poor, Black vs. white, and so on. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: No, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ record on COVID-19 isn’t a success," 19 Mar. 2021 More often than not, your gut guides you to hire people who are similar to you, which can lead to a homogeneous culture: people with similar backgrounds who think and act in similar ways. Paul Spiegelman, Forbes, "Is Hiring For Culture Fit Perpetuating Bias?," 1 Mar. 2021 And yet for all the typecasting, these are not just a homogeneous string of roles, but distinctive characters that are a testament to her versatility. Nate Jones, Vulture, "The 32 Greatest Character Actors Working Today," 21 Nov. 2020 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

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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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6 May 2021

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“Homogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogeneous. Accessed 16 May. 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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