# homogeneous

[hoh-muh-jee-nee-uh s, -jeen-yuh s, hom-uh-]

- composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; not heterogeneous: a homogeneous population.
- of the same kind or nature; essentially alike.
- Mathematics.
- having a common property throughout: a homogeneous solid figure.
- having all terms of the same degree: a homogeneous equation.
- relating to a function of several variables that becomes multiplied by some power of a constant when each variable is multiplied by that constant: x2y3 is a homogeneous expression of degree 5.
- relating to a differential equation in which a linear combination of derivatives is set equal to zero.

## Origin of homogeneous^{}

## Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com1. unvarying, unmixed, alike, similar, identical.

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## Examples from the Web for homogeneous

### Historical Examples

#### Homogeneous: of the same kind or nature: similar in texture or parts.

Explanation of Terms Used in EntomologyJohn. B. Smith

#### I have said that this law of Homogeneous Counter-relativity has not been recognised by logicians.

Logic, Inductive and DeductiveWilliam Minto

#### And next, that the parts of such a body must be Homogeneous, or of the same kind.

MicrographiaRobert Hooke

#### Homogeneous in its character, the population was harmonious.

The Memories of Fifty YearsWilliam H. Sparks

#### We are getting near the end of the great Democratic, Wholesale, or Homogeneous phase in the world's history.

AnticipationsHerbert George Wells

# homogeneous

- composed of similar or identical parts or elements
- of uniform nature
- similar in kind or nature
- having a constant property, such as density, throughout
- maths
- (of a polynomial) containing terms of the same degree with respect to all the variables, as in x ² + 2 xy + y ²
- (of a function) containing a set of variables such that when each is multiplied by a constant, this constant can be eliminated without altering the value of the function, as in cos x / y + x / y
- (of an equation) containing a homogeneous function made equal to 0

- chem of, composed of, or concerned with a single phaseCompare heterogeneous

Also (for senses 1–4): homogenous

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## Word Origin and History for homogeneous

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# homogeneous

(hō′mə-jē′nē-əs, -jēn′yəs)

- Of the same or similar nature or kind.
- Uniform in structure or composition throughout, as of a chemical mixture.

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