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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 The mist, which is made by Glossier, has become a favorite part of Bonanno's beauty routine. Tatiana Boncompagni New York Times, Star Tribune, "Facial mists are soaking up attention," 18 Nov. 2020 The cult-favorite Thayers Rosewater and Witchhazel toner also comes in a convenient, face-mist form. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Three soothing facial sprays for an instant refresh," 9 Nov. 2020 Humidifiers come in many different forms: cool mist, diffuser, top fill… The list goes on. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "The best humidifiers of 2020," 23 Oct. 2020 That mist of apple juice following a good hit is positive reinforcement too. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Tips and Life Lessons from Hunting Camp," 9 Oct. 2020 For those of us who make a ritual of walking through a mist of our favorite eau de parfum so that only those who come within an intimate non-distance can experience it, isolation robbed us of one of our favorite interpersonal beauty gestures. Allure Editors, Allure, "The 14 Best Scents of 2020," 15 Sep. 2020 Today: Partly to mostly cloudy, patchy morning fog/mist. Dan Stillman, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Mild with plenty of clouds today, washout likely tomorrow," 28 Oct. 2020 That was the rinse-and-repeat case early Tuesday, when the mist rolled in and combined with temperatures in the high 30s to bring an end to a herculean drying effort. John Sturbin, Dallas News, "Joey Logano growing restless after another postponement of NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Texas Motor Speedway," 28 Oct. 2020 There are also brushes, a makeup sponge, and a face mist. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "We Tried Rare Beauty, and Here’s Our Honest Review," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 While designed to mist out oils, the dispenser can also be used for many different seasonings, such as vinegars, soy sauce, lime juice and more. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best oil sprayers and misters for home chefs," 11 Sep. 2020 Thrill ride operators armed with industrial paint sprayers have to mist handle bars, seats and other areas after each ride. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Mall of America tries to return to normalcy as owners continue to struggle," 15 Aug. 2020 Again, the pumpkin is misted with water and vinegar, followed by the Looking Glass paint, with the spots gently blotted. Washington Post, "Without a magic wand, transforming pumpkins isn’t easy," 1 Oct. 2019 Consider this misting fan, which blows a steady flow of fresh air along with a cloud of refreshing moisture. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "15 splurge-worthy things that will make this summer feel more like summer," 21 May 2020 Additional home features include a tankless mosquito misting system, central vacuum system, elevator, storage space and a back-up generator. Emilia Benton, Houston Chronicle, "Prime property: Mediterranean resort-style home brings flair to The Woodlands," 2 May 2020 Cleaning of school facilities and school buses The district utilizes electrostatic disinfectant misting applicators to kill germs throughout its buildings and buses, according to its website. Reese Oxner, Dallas News, "From online learning to meal plans, here is how Arlington ISD is responding to the extended closures," 19 Mar. 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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Mist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mist. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce mist (audio)

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


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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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