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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Rough, bone-dry limbs are no match for this mixture of fresh ginger, coconut, and grapefruit, which gently exfoliate away dead skin cells while toning and moisturizing for an unseasonably luminous finish. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why a Hot Ginger Bath Is the Perfect Detox Ritual for Winter," 26 Nov. 2018 But more importantly, new moms need the support to do what's most comfortable for them, whether that's breastfeeding, formula feeding, or a mixture of both. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Opened Up About the Breastfeeding Problem No One Talks About—and Women Are Thanking Her," 20 Nov. 2018 If the pumpkin dries out and gets tough, mist the flesh with a 1:1 mixture of lemon juice and water. Popular Mechanics, "How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro," 31 Aug. 2018 Futures Command is expected to have up to 500 employees, with an undetermined mixture of active-duty soldiers and civilians. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, "Army to unveil details about new Futures Command in biggest reorganization in 45 years," 12 July 2018 Oasis announced $45 million in funding this week, from a mixture of big Silicon Valley VC funds and cryptocurrency investors. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 Wheeler represented energy companies, mining companies, and a mixture of others with issues ranging from food to salvaging automobiles. Steven Mufson, BostonGlobe.com, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018 Wheeler represented energy companies, mining companies and a mixture of others with issues ranging from food to salvaging automobiles. Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s acting administrator has long lobbying record on issues before the agency," 5 July 2018 There's also the new Oreo Firework Blizzard, a mixture of vanilla soft-serve, Oreo cookie pieces and red and blue popping candies that are sure to be an explosion akin to fireworks. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Dairy Queen debuts two Fourth of July-themed Blizzard treats," 3 July 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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