mist

noun
\ˈmist \

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

mist

verb
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

Noun

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

Verb

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

People can become ill after breathing in a mist or vapor contaminated with the bacteria. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Cases of Legionnaires' disease down in Kane County; 9 cases recently reported in McHenry," 11 July 2018 People can get Legionnaires’ disease by breathing in mist containing the bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne State contractors diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease," 2 July 2018 The show was held on a patch of astroturf enclosed by Tiffany-blue traffic cones, and if the rooftop hadn’t been shrouded in mist that night, there would’ve been a clear view of Central Park and Fifth Avenue’s row of luxury flagships. Dan Adler, Vanities, "A$AP Ferg Shuts Down Tiffany’s," 1 June 2018 Overhead, a pair of osprey circled in the mist, searching for breakfast. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Here's what Charlotte can expect from Alberto," 28 May 2018 The famed Terrace of Infinity belvedere is set, like an infinity pool, above a magnificent vista of hills and bays vanishing into the mist in the distance, and the sky melts into the low horizon line and the equally blue seas. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Beyond Sea Views, What to Explore While Visiting the Amalfi Coast," 27 Apr. 2018 Then there’s Malcolm, who at The New Yorker has made a specialty of reportage that stubbornly hovers in the zone where truth, story, presumption and the law merge into mist. Laura Jacobs, New York Times, "Ten Women Whose Tongues and Pens Were as ‘Sharp’ as Knives," 11 Apr. 2018 From here on, the road was virtually impassable, a river of mud rising into even deeper mist. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "The Hidden Power of Orchids," 14 Apr. 2017 What's more, the hero mist is also hugely popular among those with acne-prone skin, as its comprised of 85 percent witch hazel extract, a known blemish-fighting botanical. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: Peach & Lily Is Bringing the Korean Skin-Care Brand Ground Plan to the U.S.," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In Chicago, all police stations, fire departments and hospitals opened as cooling stations, and in Washington fire trucks misted attendees with water, to cheers. New York Times, "Protests Across U.S. Call for End to Migrant Family Separations," 30 June 2018 So, after misting on the hairspray and breaking up the curls, Marjan will rub a thin layer of Fatboy Sea Salt Pomade between her hands and scrunch it in to the ends of the hair to add some piece-y texture and hold. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Finally: How to Make Your Aggressively Straight Hair Hold a Curl," 29 May 2018 Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off. Washington Post, "Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy," 1 July 2018 Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off. Washington Post, "Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy," 1 July 2018 The city is setting up misting stations along the Parkway and will hand out pallets of bottled water, but Wilson still urged attendees to bring their own water. Max Cohen, Philly.com, "Police address heat, security concerns ahead of July Fourth celebrations," 3 July 2018 Finally, mist your skin with setting spray, like Urban Decay’s limited-edition All-Nighter from the brand's new Born To Run collection, and set your makeup with powder to lock everything in. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Maybelline SuperStay Full Coverage Foundation Is the Most Popular Drugstore Makeup of 2018," 14 June 2018 Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off. Washington Post, "Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy," 1 July 2018 Firefighters at one point misted the crowd to help people cool off. Author: Ellen Knickmeyer, Anchorage Daily News, "‘We care’: Family separation protest flood US cities," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of mist

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for mist

Noun

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

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Dictionary Entries near mist

misstruck

missus

missy

mist

mistakable

mistake

mistakingly

Phrases Related to mist

lost in the mists of time

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More Definitions for mist

mist

noun

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

mist

verb

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

mist

noun
\ˈmist \

Kids Definition of mist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mist

verb
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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