\ˈmist \

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


We could barely see the shore through the mist. The hills were veiled in a fine mist. an issue clouded by mists of confusion


The plant should be misted regularly. It was misting when we arrived.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One part static control, one part alluring fragrance, Frederic Malle’s lushly scented mist keeps hair fresh all night—even on the dance floor. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Foolproof Hair Products for a Festive Night Out," 18 Nov. 2018 Lost in the mists of history, the New York Times seems to have believed as recently as 2007 that the pith helmet could be part of a compelling fashion ensemble: This season, the call of the wild sounds more like a primal scream. James Freeman, WSJ, "Columbus, Churchill and Melania," 8 Oct. 2018 The weightless mist is easy to apply and provides a non-greasy, clean-feeling finish that won't clog your pores. Woman's Day, "7 Fun in the Sun Essentials," 29 Aug. 2014 The packaging for the repair cream, like the mist, comes in a nondescript white tube that isn't quite as catchy as the other more Insta-friendly stuff on shelves. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "The No-Frills Face Cream That Tackles the Toughest Dry Spots," 27 Aug. 2018 After a swipe of pink lipstick and a spritz of light face mist and, okay, a little more blush, Jagger is ready for another day at the beach. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Georgia May Jagger Shares Her Brit-Girl Tips for Easy Beach Beauty," 7 Aug. 2018 Give your skin a break for a few days, advises Mattioli, or dilute your toner with a few drops of water or layer a hydrating mist underneath to cut the intensity. New York Times, "How to Exfoliate, Without Damaging Your Skin," 29 May 2018 With her face still wet from cleansing, Pony uses a face mist to lock in the moisture before moving on to treatments and creams. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pony, Korean Makeup Artist, Has The Most Insane Nighttime Skincare Routine," 25 Apr. 2018 Legasa pulled out his own spray, but inadvertently sprayed himself with the Mace-like mist. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone," 15 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Then mist your roots with light-hold hairspray, flip your head back up and smooth hair back into place. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 One-Minute Ways to Get Gorgeous," 1 Nov. 2010 Not to mention, celebrated the beauty of natural hair with Recine enhancing each model’s born-with-it texture and misting it with Tigi Shine Booster for light-catching sheen. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Hair and Makeup Looks From the 2018 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show," 6 Nov. 2018 After the surface has been thoroughly swept in, mist it with a garden hose to consolidate the material. Peter Martin, Popular Mechanics, "How To Build a Beautiful Bluestone Patio in One Afternoon," 23 Sep. 2016 The pad will include: 32 misting jets and sprayers on the top. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Trying to beat the heat? Here are 5 fun, new ways to cool off in the East Valley," 2 June 2018 In Chicago, all police stations, fire departments and hospitals opened as cooling stations, and in Washington fire trucks misted attendees with water, to cheers. New York Times, "Protests Across U.S. Call for End to Migrant Family Separations," 30 June 2018 So, after misting on the hairspray and breaking up the curls, Marjan will rub a thin layer of Fatboy Sea Salt Pomade between her hands and scrunch it in to the ends of the hair to add some piece-y texture and hold. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Finally: How to Make Your Aggressively Straight Hair Hold a Curl," 29 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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