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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


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

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 For second and third day curls, lightly mist with Curl Revitalize. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alicia Keys' Hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson Launches Haircare Brand Curl Queen," 7 Sep. 2019 In 2016, the X-Men were squaring off against the Inhumans and a terrible disease-spreading mist; in 2012, the X-Men fought against the Avengers. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Marvel just changed everything we thought we knew about the X-Men in one fantastic comic," 8 Aug. 2019 An atom bomb—does it reduce everything to atoms—to a mist the size of the moon? Sharon Olds, The Atlantic, "8 Moons," 20 July 2019 In how-to videos watched by legions of her followers, Kim Kardashian West has touted the crucial role Tatcha’s mist-containing ginseng plays in blending the contour cream on her face. Khanh T.l. Tran, latimes.com, "She gave up everything to start beauty brand Tatcha. What happens after it’s sold?," 8 July 2019 When product is necessary to bring fallen curls back to life, Ciceron looks to a styling mist to revive curls and reactivate the product that's already in the hair. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Get Your Best Summer Curls, According to Top Industry Pros," 28 June 2019 Rainbows occur when sunlight — including all wavelengths of visible light, which together appear as white light — pinballs in and out of water droplets (usually rain, but sometimes water spray, or the droplets that form mist or fog). 5. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About Rainbows," 22 Apr. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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


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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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