mix·​ture | \ ˈmiks-chər How to pronounce mixture (audio) \

Definition of mixture

1a : the act, the process, or an instance of mixing
b(1) : the state of being mixed
(2) : the relative proportions of constituents especially : the proportion of fuel to air produced in a carburetor
2 : a product of mixing : combination: such as
a : a portion of matter consisting of two or more components in varying proportions that retain their own properties
b : a fabric woven of variously colored threads
c : a combination of several different kinds

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Examples of mixture in a Sentence

Stir the sugar and butter until the mixture is light and fluffy. Now add eggs to the mixture. Pour the cake mixture into a well-greased pan and bake.
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The mixed-use facility will boast one of the world’s largest rooftop farms, a concert venue, and a mixture of retail and office space including restaurants, bars, an international market hall, and flexible coworking spaces. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sprawling Houston post office reborn with High Line-style rooftop park," 11 July 2019 And states with a bicameral legislature can have some mixture of these theories, such as one population base for its lower house and another for its upper chamber. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The War to Empower Rural White Voters Is Bigger Than Trump," 9 July 2019 In the second treatment, researchers used a mixture of two insecticides from different classes for six months. Fox News, "Cockroaches are getting 'closer to invincibility,' scientists warn," 4 July 2019 In Italy the old conservative party was killed off long ago by a mixture of scandal and Silvio Berlusconi, and has since been replaced by the Northern League (now just called the League). The Economist, "Conservatism is fighting for its life against reactionary nationalism," 4 July 2019 Despite his distillery's location uphill from the Jim Beam warehouses, Meier said a burning mixture of water and alcohol runoff made it onto his property but did not reach any of his buildings. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Jim Beam bourbon warehouse crumbles as runoff from fire spills into Kentucky River," 3 July 2019 The blaze spread quickly, fueled by a mixture of gasoline and paraffin wax that was used to waterproof the tent. USA TODAY, "Women in baseball, Lynyrd Skynyrd, circus fire: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Five black men died from a mixture of cocaine and fentanyl in a 15-hour period in Hartford on June 3 and 4. Steve Hamm, courant.com, "Fentanyl crisis prompt calls for more aggressive treatment and prevention of opioid abuse," 28 June 2019 In another treatment, researchers used a mixture of insecticides over the full 6 months. Kelly Mayes, Science | AAAS, "Cockroaches may soon be unstoppable—thanks to fast-evolving insecticide resistance," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of mixture

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for mixture

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin mixtura, from mixtus

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English Language Learners Definition of mixture

: something made by combining two or more ingredients
: a combination of different things
: the act of mixing two or more things together


mix·​ture | \ ˈmiks-chər How to pronounce mixture (audio) \

Kids Definition of mixture

1 : the act of combining
2 : something combined or being combined Add water to the mixture.
3 : two or more substances combined together in such a way that each remains unchanged Sand and sugar form a mixture.
4 : a combination of different things I felt a mixture of fear and excitement.


mix·​ture | \ ˈmiks-chər How to pronounce mixture (audio) \

Medical Definition of mixture

: a product of mixing: as
a : a portion of matter consisting of two or more components in varying proportions that retain their own properties
b : an aqueous liquid medicine : potion specifically : a preparation in which insoluble substances are suspended in watery fluids by the addition of a viscid material (as gum, sugar, or glycerol)

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