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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

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 But a light beamed into the mist only reveals so much. Damon Linker, TheWeek, "The great uncertainty," 12 May 2020 Joe Morgan stood on the wooden steps of the visitors' dugout at Fenway Park, squinting into the afternoon mist. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: You think you know how the 1975 World Series turned out. Do you really?," 28 Mar. 2020 As the mist emerges from a nozzle, a small electrode near the tip applies a powerful electric charge to the spray. Michael Schulson, Scientific American, "The Nation Paralyzed by a Pathogen, Deep Cleaners Have Their Day," 27 Mar. 2020 Locally dense fog this morning with a Fog Advisory until 10 a.m. Some mist is possible with the morning fog. Dallas News, "Morning fog and clouds, then afternoon sunshine," 14 Jan. 2020 The mist is free of parabens, mineral oil, and sulfates and sports a light citrus scent. NBC News, "Best 12 products for natural hair, according to hair stylists," 10 Dec. 2019 After all, who doesn't want to hydrate, illuminate, and feel a wash of cooling relief with just a quick hit of mist? Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "The Best Face Mists To Keep Your Skin Hydrated All Day," 24 Apr. 2020 The researchers want to spray a shield of mist made of calcium carbonate—found in chalk and seashells—into the stratosphere and reflect sunshine back into space. Jennifer Alsever, Fortune, "Sci-fi tech tackles climate change with fake trees," 16 Mar. 2020 Klorane and Batiste lean more powdery, Dove and Tresemmé have more of a micro-mist, while Living Proof has oil-eliminating molecules that actually clean your hair. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "Shop All the Glamour Beauty Awards Readers’ Choice Hair Nominees," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Consider this misting fan, which blows a steady flow of fresh air along with a cloud of refreshing moisture. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "15 splurge-worthy things that will make this summer feel more like summer," 21 May 2020 Additional home features include a tankless mosquito misting system, central vacuum system, elevator, storage space and a back-up generator. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Prime property: Mediterranean resort-style home brings flair to The Woodlands," 2 May 2020 Cleaning of school facilities and school buses The district utilizes electrostatic disinfectant misting applicators to kill germs throughout its buildings and buses, according to its website. Reese Oxner, Dallas News, "From online learning to meal plans, here is how Arlington ISD is responding to the extended closures," 19 Mar. 2020 Turn on the narrow setting to clean your furry pal’s undercarriage with less risk of misting yourself in the face. Popular Science, "Ingenious tools to help you clean your dog," 18 Mar. 2020 Even the bleachers, goalposts, down-signs and chain sets, footballs, scoreboards, water coolers, misting fans and paint used for the yard lines were likely bought from BSN. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Virtual graduations, coaching clinics and quick thinking keep Varsity Brands connected to schools," 10 May 2020 During the peak rut, a lot of estrus does mist the woods, and bucks had lots of choices. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "Why Post-Rut is the New Best Time To Hunt Whitetails," 4 Dec. 2019 Though the price can be daunting, the lightweight formula truly lives up to its claims of immediate glide-through after misting the product from roots to ends just once. Bianca Nieves, Teen Vogue, "9 Best Detangling Sprays to Tackle the Most Difficult Knots," 27 Feb. 2020 Finish by misting a hairspray, like GH Beauty Lab test winner John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm Hold Hairspray, all over your hair to set your style. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "How to Blow Dry Your Hair at Home, According to Professional Stylists," 24 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of mist was before the 12th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mist. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce mist (audio)

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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