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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 Gulls darted in and out of the mist and rainbows threatened. Sandy Allen, Bon Appétit, "When I Have to Use Public Restrooms, This App Is My Refuge," 6 Nov. 2019 And for me, this steamy, dreamy, hunger-inducing billow of exotic mist – rising up into the atmosphere from dozens of tabletop pots bubbling in the dining room – offered the promise of a new adventure. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Warming up to Chinese hot pot at Little Sheep," 5 Apr. 2018 Victoria Falls’ mile-wide curtain of water is nearly twice the width of Niagara Falls and plunges more than 350 feet into a narrow chasm, creating clouds of mist that sparkle in the sunlight. National Geographic, "Botswana and Victoria Falls Expedition: Wildlife Conservation," 10 Sep. 2019 Out of the mist, riders shot by like apparitions, silence cut by the sound of wet-suit tails fluttering and their boards pushing water, leaving a brief trail of wake, only to disappear again. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Athletic director resigns at scandal-plagued USC," 10 Sep. 2019 Steering was mushy at best, the transmission felt suicidal, and the wipers didn’t so much move a molecule of mist from the windshield. Eric Adams, WIRED, "VW Revives the Classic Dune Buggy as an All-Electric Blast," 17 Aug. 2019 Within moments, he was swept over the enormous waterfall, vanishing into the impenetrable cloud of mist rising from the gorge. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "A man was swept over Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls, police say. He survived.," 10 July 2019 Perfect for being misted with water while one’s own body self-mists. Carla Lalli Music, Bon Appétit, "When You Can’t Beat the Heat, Eat Spicy," 20 June 2019 But imagine walking through an outdoor park beneath a shaded canopy, a light mist cooling your skin. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These Wild Sculptures Could Bring Sustainable Energy to the Desert," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So once you're done misting the newest perfumes and playing around with KKW's best products, start checking that gift list off like an actual pro, with Ulta employees' favorite gifts, ahead. Glamour, "The Best Ulta Products to Gift This Year, According to Employees," 11 Nov. 2019 The autumn rains commenced upon Roosevelt’s arrival, and for days the leaden sky poured, drizzled and misted, turning ground that had been dusty days before into a sticky, bottomless gumbo. H.w. Brands, Time, "How Theodore Roosevelt Fell in Love With the American West," 22 Oct. 2019 For added immersion, the scientists misted the testing area with Forest Breeze air freshener. David Kushner, Outside Online, "Can Video Games Replace the Outdoors?," 8 Oct. 2019 The plant only needs to be misted lightly every week or submerged in water for one hour every two weeks. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Trader Joe's New Yoga Skeleton Succulents Are This Year's Spookiest New Halloween Decoration," 6 Sep. 2019 Santana lightly mists My Burberry Blush on her body while Metcalfe likes to use Tom Ford Santal Blush cologne. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Cara Santana & Jesse Metcalfe's Nightly Skincare Routine," 9 May 2019 At the Dallas Zoo, where $1 admission day was expected to draw large crowds, misting tents were set up for visitors to cool down. Jeff Martin And Jay Reeves, chicagotribune.com, "Dreadful heat, humidity invade South as misery continues," 15 Aug. 2019 At the Dallas Zoo, where $1 admission day was expected to draw large crowds, misting tents were set up for visitors to cool down. Washington Post, "Dreadful heat, humidity invade South as misery continues," 13 Aug. 2019 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

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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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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of mist was before the 12th century

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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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