\ ˈmist How to pronounce mist (audio) \

Definition of mist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : water in the form of particles floating or falling in the atmosphere at or near the surface of the earth and approaching the form of rain
2 : something that obscures understanding mists of antiquity
3 : a film before the eyes
4a : a cloud of small particles or objects suggestive of a mist
b : a suspension of a finely divided liquid in a gas
c : a fine spray
5 : a drink of liquor served over cracked ice


misted; misting; mists

Definition of mist (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to be or become misty
2 : to become moist or blurred

transitive verb

: to cover or spray with or convert to mist

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Examples of mist in a Sentence


We could barely see the shore through the mist. The hills were veiled in a fine mist. an issue clouded by mists of confusion


The plant should be misted regularly. It was misting when we arrived.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Breath of the Wild, Hyrule Castle is usurped by the evil Ganondorf and shrouded in a horrifying mist of crimson and purple. Cian Maheer, Washington Post, "From Ancestor Glade to Hyrule Castle, these are the eight wonders of the virtual world," 4 June 2019 Sometimes the mist clears to reveal solutions, but only those a grandee could love. William Easterly, WSJ, "‘The Levelling’ Review: Masters Versus the Masses," 17 June 2019 Since the mist contains actual clay, it must be shaken up in order to activate it. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Tatcha’s New Satin Skin Mist Is a Gamechanger For Oily Complexions," 21 May 2019 The mist rose off a bend in the Daling River and the sunrise lit up the mountains. Stefen Chow, Smithsonian, "The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boom," 19 Apr. 2018 Next comes more moisturizer, an eye cream, face mist, and eyelash serum. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elizabeth Chambers Hammer's Nighttime Skin Routine Includes a Slice of Fresh Papaya," 10 July 2018 This is similar to fuel air explosive weapons, which disperse a flammable mist outside the body of the munition before detonating. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019 Using a toothbrush and a mist of hairspray, smooth any flyaways at your hairline. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "KarJenner Hairstylist Justine Marjan Wants You to Get 5 Days Out of Your Blowout: Here's How," 31 May 2018 This reported new collection would expand her empire into body lotions, shower gels, body powders, body mists, and more, The Hollywood Reporter detailed. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Has Started Working on a Possible “Thank U, Next” Beauty Line," 10 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Check out some of our favorite picks, and prepare to mist yourself into makeup perfection. Teen Vogue, "Best Setting Sprays for Summer 2019," 18 May 2019 Perfect for being misted with water while one’s own body self-mists. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "When You Can’t Beat the Heat, Eat Spicy," 20 June 2019 Setting the stage for her signature undone waves, Chung runs Harry Josh's pistachio-hued Pro Tools Detangling Brush through her shoulder-skimming lengths before twisting and misting salt spray into her ends. Vogue, "Alexa Chung Does Her Genius Trick for the Perfect Cat-Eye," 28 May 2019 As the waterfall reaches the bottom of the tower, the water dissipates like mother nature intended, with a misting effect created on the building's green walls and ground level planting. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Is This the Most Beautiful Museum Gift Shop in the World?," 19 Apr. 2019 Instead of misting it directly on your hair (Remember: alcohol dries it out), spritz it on your brush so that it will be dispersed more evenly and subtly. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The 6 Strange-Sounding Places You Should *Really* Be Applying Your Perfume," 9 July 2015 Step 4 - Soak and Scrape Use the pump-up sprayer to mist the entire ceiling with water. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling," 25 Jan. 2019 If there is no moisture in the fabric, pressing is impossible—which can be remedied by misting. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 If your hair is fine or straight, mist each length of pigtail with a texture spray or dry shampoo, coil them, then wrap and pin them around an elastic. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Just Reminded Us How Much We Love Space Buns," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mist


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for mist


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle Dutch mist mist, Greek omichlē

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English Language Learners Definition of mist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: water in the form of very small drops floating in the air or falling as rain
: a stream of liquid in the form of very small drops : a fine spray
: something that makes understanding difficult



English Language Learners Definition of mist (Entry 2 of 2)

: to become covered with very small drops of water
of a person's eyes : to fill with tears
: to cover (something) with mist


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Kids Definition of mist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very tiny drops of water floating in the air or falling as fine rain


misted; misting

Kids Definition of mist (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to cover or become covered with tiny drops of water
2 : to become wet with tears Her eyes misted.
3 : to rain very lightly

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