\ 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

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 This argan oil treatment actually applies as a fine mist to provide hair with a lightweight yet powerful veil of moisture—a perfect choice for those who worry about oil treatments leaving hair a tad too oily. Victoria Moorhouse, Forbes, "6 Argan Oil Hair Treatments That Will Gloss Up Your Haircare Routine," 6 May 2021 Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper and mist the surface with water (either using a mister or lightly sprinkle water with your hands — this is an optional step). Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Mint Lemonade Juleps? Yes please! Try these Derby recipes from Iroquois culinary students," 27 Apr. 2021 An oil diffuser morphed soothingly from green to purple, releasing a fine eucalyptus mist, and ambient music droned softly in the background. Katharine Smyth, The Atlantic, "The Tyranny of the Female-Orgasm Industrial Complex," 26 Apr. 2021 Upon inhaling, those walls pull apart, creating a bubble of mucus that pops, adding a fine mist to the carbon dioxide going out. New York Times, "The Skagit Valley," 8 Apr. 2021 Elevate your self-care routine by rolling away puffiness on your face with Mei Apothecary's jade roller or mist your skin with Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist when your complexion is looking a little dull. NBC News, "International Women's Day 2021: 101 best women-owned brands," 9 Mar. 2021 For six weeks non-stop the badges endure a high pressure salt mist, a process meant to mimic 40-50 years worth of weathering. Bryan Campbell, Forbes, "How Do You Upgrade A $2 Million Electric Hypercar? Call Vaughtons," 28 Apr. 2021 Rojas said there were two meetings before the game, and the forecast was for a lighter rain to a mist, the second at about noon. Ronald Blum, courant.com, "Angry Stroman lasts 9 pitches before Mets-Marlins called because of rain," 11 Apr. 2021 Showers Saturday will give way to mist, drizzle and fog in the evening as temperatures dip into the mid-40s, the weather service said. Charles J. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "‘Waves of showers’ Saturday before sun comes back during workweek," 10 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In drier rooms, be sure to mist the leaves to keep them moist in-between waterings. Tamara Gane, Southern Living, "8 Sizeable Houseplants for Every Corner of Your Home," 7 May 2021 Designed to mist fine fragrance with the ease of Febreeze-like packaging, the clever spray bottle releases delicate bursts of this spicy, sandalwood scent that smells of sipping tea on a snowy night at Moscow’s Café Pushkin. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "The 5 New Beauty Arrivals We’re Shopping This Month," 27 Apr. 2021 Aside from fabrics like silk or rayon, mist the fabric with the iron’s spray button. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Do Laundry: A Step-by-Step Guide on the Right Way to Sort, Wash and Dry," 30 Mar. 2021 Lightly mist your mattress with the solution of your choice. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "Best ways to clean a memory foam mattress," 10 Mar. 2021 King County residents who showed no signs of infection could nonetheless mist a deadly contagion into the air. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, "A Year in America’s First COVID Epicenter," 1 Mar. 2021 To prevent overwatering, use a spray bottle to gently mist each eggshell. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "Start Seeds In Eggshells Now For An Easter Gift That Keeps On Giving," 26 Feb. 2021 The medical-grade sanitation will mist the air to disinfect it, similar to how hospitals sanitize rooms, and the cleaning will be to Center for Disease Control and Prevention standards, Fajman said. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Lake election board receives $855K grant, $44K reimbursement for 2020 elections," 22 Oct. 2020 To experience the benefits, diffuse or mist a relaxing scent and simply breathe. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "The Supplements to Take to Fight Zoom Fatigue," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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14 May 2021

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“Mist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mist. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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


\ 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


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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