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mist

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noun \ ˈmist \

Definition of mist

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
4 a :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

Examples of mist in a Sentence

  1. We could barely see the shore through the mist.

  2. The hills were veiled in a fine mist.

  3. an issue clouded by mists of confusion

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Origin and Etymology of mist

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

mist Synonyms

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


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mist

verb

Definition of mist

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

Examples of mist in a Sentence

  1. The plant should be misted regularly.

  2. It was misting when we arrived.

Recent Examples of mist from the Web

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First Known Use of mist

before 12th century



MIST Defined for English Language Learners

mist

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noun

Definition of mist for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of mist for English Language Learners

  • : to become covered with very small drops of water

  • of a person's eyes : to fill with tears

  • : to cover (something) with mist


MIST Defined for Kids

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mist

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noun \ ˈmist \

Definition of mist for Students

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

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mist

verb

Definition of mist for Students

misted; misting
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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