\ 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

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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

Who will endure through the mists of time to get recollected a decade or two from now? Jon Tayler, SI.com, "37 MLB Players Destined to Become 'Guys' Who Will Be Remembered," 17 Sep. 2019 This heretofore obscure provision of Article I had its origin in the distant mists of American history, when representatives of the young republic were seen as vulnerable to temptations offered by the wealthy grandees of Europe. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Plan to Host the G-7 Revives the Issue of Emoluments," 5 Sep. 2019 Every day for centuries -- since the very first race meeting at the Curragh dating back to 1727 -- groups of racehorses have galloped through the morning mist to prepare for some of the biggest races around the world. Ben Church And Aly Vance, CNN, "Why this ancient land is the spiritual home of Irish horse racing," 13 Sep. 2019 The funeral was the mist at the most powerful point. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Dan's funeral: An oral history of the greatest Big Brother moment ever," 29 Aug. 2019 Thick mist was affecting traffic at the Golden Gate at 5:44 a.m. and the Bay Bridge by 6:08 a.m., according to the CHP. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "Thick fog blankets Bay Area bridges to stifle morning traffic," 22 Aug. 2019 The white water drops 272 feet, creating a rainbow with the mist below if the sun is shining just right. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "First time in Montreal? Here are 5 things you should do," 21 Aug. 2019 After flocking one section of the tree, mist that section again with the spray bottle to activate the flocking and seal it to the branches. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "Here's How to Flock a Christmas Tree, if You've Always Dreamed of a White Christmas," 29 Aug. 2019 The best weather of the year also arrives in the shoulder season, when summer gives way to fall, when clear, blue-sky days are set to emerge after a year here with a daily procession of clouds and fog, rain and mist. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "As crowds diminish, Prairie Creek Redwoods stands tall," 21 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After lunch, outside the restaurant, with a light rain misting the air, Lana appeared petite even in her black high-heeled boots. New York Times, "Lana Wood, Natalie’s Little Sister, Has Plenty to Say," 3 Aug. 2019 Additional highlights include a mosquito misting system, a sprinkler system and an oversized two-car garage with alley access. Lisa Zapalac, Houston Chronicle, "Craftsman-style bungalow offers Heights charm," 24 June 2018 For several decades, the U.S. government even ran an experimental program aimed at weakening cyclones by misting them with particles of silver iodide. Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, "Beyond nukes: how scientists dream of killing hurricanes," 27 Aug. 2019 Once inside, the fish are misted with water to keep them breathing. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "The internet is going crazy over a 'salmon cannon' that shoots fish over a dam," 12 Aug. 2019 Her eyes, misted over with regret, still shot out poison. Abhijith Ravinutala, chicagotribune.com, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Definition(s)," 20 July 2019 Buy now: $20 on amazon.com Cosywell Spray Bottles Some delicate skincare products need to be lightly misted, not smoothed or patted on. Lauren Joseph, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Reusable Travel Bottles for All Your Creams, Soaps, and Serums," 19 Aug. 2019 There were plenty of kind souls making sure everyone dancing was misted and hydrated, and Lane’s paced and aquatic house blends made their jobs a lot easier. Miguel Garcia Jr., Billboard, "The 10 Best Musical Moments of Hard Summer 2019 With Shoreline Mafia, Lauren Lane, Kid Cudi & More," 6 Aug. 2019 Workers with My Block, My Hood, My City have been delivering fans, misting devices and cases of water to help people deal with the excessive heat, NBC Chicago reported. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Heat wave blazes on: 'It's even too hot for ice cream'," 20 July 2019

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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 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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