mix·ture | \ˈmiks-chər \

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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Break the meringues into bite-size chunks; fold into the cream mixture. Jeanmarie Brownson, chicagotribune.com, "When Eton mess gives you extra yolks, whip them up into ice cream," 10 July 2018 Stir the dissolved gelatin into the strawberry mixture. Susan Selasky, charlotteobserver, "Celebrate the Fourth with minimal fuss, maximum flavor," 3 July 2018 This recipe calls for butter mixed right into the meat mixture. Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burgers with pizzazz: Surf 'n' turf burger judged best in annual BBQ contest," 18 June 2018 Mashing avocado into the turkey mixture helps prevent the meat from shrinking and drying out during cooking, which is why these stay awesomely juicy, even when they’re cooked all the way through. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "Healthy 4th of July Recipes to Eat Outdoors (With Lots of SPF On)," 13 June 2018 Mix together the corn oil and extra virgin olive oil in a separate bowl, then slowly whisk the oils into the vinegar mixture. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "4 recipes from now-closed Terra in St. Helena," 11 June 2018 Place shell pieces into stock and veg mixture and bring back to a simmer. Phil Potempa, Post-Tribune, "From the Farm: Lobsters and chefs share decades of a love-hate relationship," 9 June 2018 As a roar echoes across a gargantuan hall, a pile of scrap slides into the mixture. The Economist, "Activist investors go after a German industrial icon," 31 May 2018 Gently stir in the crème fraîche, milk, pepper, and nutmeg; avoid beating too much air into the mixture, or the filling will puff up and then crack once baked. Karen Lubeck, Town & Country, "Clotilde Dusoulier’s Fifth Cookbook Brings Parisian Flavors to Your Kitchen," 22 May 2018

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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 \

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 \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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