ho·​mo·​ge·​neous | \ ˌhō-mə-ˈjē-nē-əs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio) , -ˈjēn-yəs \

Definition of homogeneous

1 : of the same or a similar kind or nature
2 : of uniform structure or composition throughout a culturally homogeneous neighborhood
3 : having the property that if each variable is replaced by a constant times that variable the constant can be factored out : having each term of the same degree if all variables are considered a homogeneous equation

Other Words from homogeneous

homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun

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Homogeneous comes from the Greek roots hom-, meaning "same," and genos, meaning "kind." The similar word homogenous is a synonym of the same origin.

Examples of homogeneous in a Sentence

In their natural state, mountains of this type are almost entirely covered by dense forest. The wooded landscape is very uniform, lacking in contrast, and any disturbance of the homogeneous green blanket is very obvious … — John Crowley, Focus on Geography, Winter 2007 One odd side effect is that, during the last 20 years, the formerly homogeneous, rather stodgy world of academic criticism has diversified into an incoherent mob of competing factions. — Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review, 24 Dec. 1995 The Benedictine convents for women, which had begun to be founded soon after Benedict's day, became particularly homogeneous in their social composition. The nuns of the ninth and tenth centuries were all high-born ladies, and it was almost impossible to be admitted to these convents without being a widowed or maiden relative of an important lord. — Norman F. Cantor, The Civilization of the Middle Ages, 1993 a fairly homogeneous collection of examples
Recent Examples on the Web He was born in 1962, into a Reykjavík that was, in many ways, still a village: small, dull, remote, conservative, homogeneous. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Democrats find themselves in a position similar to Republicans in recent years: Their majorities are small by historical standards, but more ideologically homogeneous than before. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 23 Sep. 2021 Cultivating a homogeneous workforce is not a strategy for success. Kara Alaimo For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 3 June 2022 Her research revealed the details of what, to a casual observer, might seem a homogeneous slice of the long-ago. New York Times, 22 May 2022 At the same time, Korea is a homogeneous, mono-ethnicity country that has maintained its own cultural identity throughout its long history. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 May 2022 Usually, a successful tenant association is a homogeneous group, led by neighbors from similar backgrounds. New York Times, 6 May 2022 At higher temperatures, there is a risk of not obtaining a homogeneous cream. CNN, 8 May 2022 Although sneaker culture has largely been an all-boy’s club, that’s quickly shifting due to women like Davis who are claiming their position in the heavily homogeneous space. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of homogeneous

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for homogeneous

Medieval Latin homogeneus, homogenus, from Greek homogenēs, from hom- + genos kind — more at kin

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“Homogeneous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homogeneous. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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ho·​mo·​ge·​neous | \ -ˈjē-nē-əs, -nyəs How to pronounce homogeneous (audio) \

Medical Definition of homogeneous

: of uniform structure or composition throughout

Other Words from homogeneous

homogeneously adverb
homogeneousness noun


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