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

This is similar to fuel air explosive weapons, which disperse a flammable mist outside the body of the munition before detonating. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Rectangular, Computerized Grenade Puts a New Spin on the Flashbang," 28 Feb. 2019 Using a toothbrush and a mist of hairspray, smooth any flyaways at your hairline. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "KarJenner Hairstylist Justine Marjan Wants You to Get 5 Days Out of Your Blowout: Here's How," 31 May 2018 This reported new collection would expand her empire into body lotions, shower gels, body powders, body mists, and more, The Hollywood Reporter detailed. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Has Started Working on a Possible “Thank U, Next” Beauty Line," 10 Apr. 2019 But the creek was flooded, and the bridge was burned out except for four steel girders that were wet from mist and shaking from the thundering water. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Confidence: Medium-High Tonight: After a partly cloudy evening, a front moves south of us overnight, and that means a chance of drizzle/fog/mist as winds come from the northeast. Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Worst of the wet is gone, but occasional shower chances linger into midweek," 20 May 2018 Machines spray mist and rain droplets, a mix of pinpoint and wall fans can churn up a windstorm and other devices fill the auditorium with fog, bubbles and snow-like suds. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cinépolis offers discount 'magic hour' at North County theaters," 25 Apr. 2018 But for those who already spray the subtly sweet, calming mixtures onto their pillows and their sheets, there is a new set of mists that are gentle enough to use on the face, too. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "5 Body Mists That Promise a Better Night’s Sleep—And Glowing Skin in the Morning," 29 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead of misting it directly on your hair (Remember: alcohol dries it out), spritz it on your brush so that it will be dispersed more evenly and subtly. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The 6 Strange-Sounding Places You Should *Really* Be Applying Your Perfume," 9 July 2015 Step 4 - Soak and Scrape Use the pump-up sprayer to mist the entire ceiling with water. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Remove a Popcorn Ceiling," 25 Jan. 2019 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

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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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