\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Muir had woken up drenched in mountain mist in Tennessee, camped out amidst buzzing mosquitoes in a Georgia cemetery, and lost his way in a Florida swamp, worried that his next step might be on an alligator. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2022 When Wang Ziyou woke in the middle of the night, a moon was peeking through the mist. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Suitable for both your hands and to disinfect surfaces, the mist is made with 70 percent alcohol to exceed CDC recommendations by 10 percent. Sage Anderson, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2022 So Dickens says, on this day when the sun seems to have died, and the haggard glow of gaslight can barely brighten the mist. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, 6 Apr. 2022 The sun rose on the Heath Pond lake in Hampshire, Great Britain, its powerful light burning through the morning mist as a Cormorant swam to a nearby boat and climbed aboard, then another and then another and so on. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 The first few miles on trail were foggy and cold, but soon rays of sunlight began to cut through the mist. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 For her own research, for example, Dr. Zawadzki set up 19 mist nets on Bon Portage Island in Nova Scotia to catch and study as many vagrants as possible. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 On a recent wet winter day, the waterfalls along the Kentucky Falls Trail roared brilliantly, filling the forested canyons along Kentucky Creek with a heavy mist that fed thick coats of moss on the rocks and trees. oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This resort also just launched a series of wellness retreats that focus on reconnecting with nature—think meditating with wellness experts as the whales mist the air above the waves. Diana Spechler, Robb Report, 22 Mar. 2022 For maximum volume that lasts all day, mist your style with Kérastase Laque Noire Hair Spray. ELLE, 2 Mar. 2022 Lightly mist your hair with TRESemmé Flawless Curls Refresher Spray to activate your curls. Natasha Silva-jelly, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Nov. 2021 Lift sections of your hair, then mist the spray upwards from below the section and use your fingers to tease a bit of volume near the crown. Elle Turner, Allure, 11 Nov. 2021 Prepare the grout as the package recommends, and mist the tiles with water if the directions say to do so. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 Lift sections of your hair, then mist the spray upward from below the section and use your fingers to tease a bit of volume near the crown. Elle Turner, Glamour, 29 Oct. 2021 And then, in a tragedy foreshadowed by Erik Wilson’s swaying, sentimental camerawork in which golden lens flares have the tendency to mist over the image like unfallen tears, the kooky crumbles when Emily is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and mist it with cooking spray. Toss the peppers and onion with the reserved 1/4 cup marinade and spread them evenly on the prepared pan. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Mist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mist. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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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