mixture

noun

mix·​ture ˈmiks-chər How to pronounce mixture (audio)
1
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The rule also set a limit on mixtures of each of those substances, in addition to perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS). Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 11 Apr. 2024 The regulations also set a limit for mixtures of any two or more of PFNA, PFHxS, PFBS and GenX chemicals. Jen Christensen, CNN, 10 Apr. 2024 The new regulation, which requires public water systems to reduce contamination by 2029, sets limits for five individual PFAS chemicals and for mixtures of at least two of three of these and one more. Mallory Moench, TIME, 10 Apr. 2024 Instead, pour out some of the liquor-lime juice mixture in a cup, then add the Topo Chico just before serving. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 9 Apr. 2024 Turning compost introduces oxygen to the mixture, allowing for aerobic breakdown that results mostly in carbon dioxide production. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 9 Apr. 2024 The Lithuanian authorities and citizens have observed the influx of prominent Russians with a mixture of curiosity and suspicion. Tomas Dapkus, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 This mixture of rebuke and support has led to increasing confusion about what exactly his Administration is trying to accomplish. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2024 There are also several DIY fruit wash recipes on the web, with one of the most common being a mixture of water and distilled vinegar. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Apr. 2024

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'mixture.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of mixture was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near mixture

Cite this Entry

“Mixture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mixture. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

mixture

noun
mix·​ture ˈmiks-chər How to pronounce mixture (audio)
1
: the act or process or an instance of mixing
2
a
: something mixed or being mixed
add eggs to the mixture
b
: a preparation consisting of two or more ingredients or kinds
3
: two or more substances that are mixed together but not chemically combined and that may vary in proportion

Medical Definition

mixture

noun
mix·​ture ˈmiks-chər How to pronounce mixture (audio)
: 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)

More from Merriam-Webster on mixture

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!