mist

noun
\ 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

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

Motoring to the island through the mist, Douglas remembers smelling oranges at the same time auklets swirled overhead in great flocks. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Why some birds smell like tangerines, and others smell like lavender," 28 Apr. 2018 Make your style twinkle: mist a cloud of shimmer spray above your head and walk through it. Seventeen, "Instantly Update Your Look With Boho Twists," 18 Apr. 2012 Both cool mist and warm steam humidifiers use a similar procedure, but some of the parts may differ. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Humidifier, According to the Good Housekeeping Institute," 4 Jan. 2019 Visitors to the Seattle waterfront will hear the crunch of breaking concrete this February, while demolition equipment pivots through clouds of dust and mist, flexing spiked jaws that will munch the six-story-high columns and slice through rebar. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Seattle’s big demolition spectacle: How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct," 5 Dec. 2018 The war planners failed to account for the mist and rain of the Pacific Northwest; in the damp forest, the bombs fizzled. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Tales of Bravery and Brilliance," 8 Nov. 2018 In terms of what the trademarks include, your basic moisturizers, cleansers, toners, and masks are on the docket, and more, such as body scrubs, serums, oils, and facial mists. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kylie Jenner May Be Launching a Skin-Care Line Soon," 3 Oct. 2018 Artisan chocolates, long a specialty of the area, also keep spirits high in this region of green mountains shrouded in mist or cloud, where small agricultural villages dot the landscape. Ciaran Fahey, Fox News, "TASTE OF THE TOUR: Pan-seared squid in the Basque Country," 27 July 2018 Laze, or lava haze, is hydrochloric acid mist formed by the action of lava on seawater. Temi Adebowale, Popular Mechanics, "Dramatic Video Shows What the Kilauea Volcano Has Done to Hawaii's Coastline," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 If your hair is slippery clean, make sure to also mist on a soft-hold hairspray to give it some texture and grip. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "60-Second Glow Up: How to Get Dewy Skin and Messy Waves Fast," 17 July 2018 Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist while blooming, misting frequently. Light: Place in an east-facing window for moderate light and some direct sun. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Your Christmas Cactus Blooming the Whole Holiday Season," 27 Nov. 2018 If the pumpkin dries out and gets tough, mist the flesh with a 1:1 mixture of lemon juice and water. Popular Mechanics, "How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro," 31 Aug. 2018 Pro tip: Keep your eyes closed if misting the face, says Green. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Essential Oils To Help You On Your Summer Travels," 7 July 2017 Then mist your roots with light-hold hairspray, flip your head back up and smooth hair back into place. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 One-Minute Ways to Get Gorgeous," 1 Nov. 2010 Not to mention, celebrated the beauty of natural hair with Recine enhancing each model’s born-with-it texture and misting it with Tigi Shine Booster for light-catching sheen. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Hair and Makeup Looks From the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show," 6 Nov. 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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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 How to pronounce mist (audio) \

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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