- a cloudlike aggregation of minute globules of water suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface, reducing visibility to a lesser degree than fog.
- a cloud of particles resembling this: She sprayed a mist of perfume onto her handkerchief.
- something that dims, obscures, or blurs: the mist of ignorance.
- a haze before the eyes that dims the vision: a mist of tears.
- a suspension of a liquid in a gas.
- a drink of liquor served over cracked ice.
- a fine spray produced by a vaporizer to add moisture to the air for breathing.
- to become misty.
- to rain in very fine drops; drizzle (usually used impersonally with it as subject): It was misting when they went out for lunch.
- to make misty.
- to spray (plants) with a finely diffused jet of water, as a means of replacing lost moisture.
Origin of mist
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Examples from the Web for misting
It was misting by then, and a chilling suggestion of autumn was in the air.Full-Back Foster
Ralph Henry Barbour
For instance, what would they do if it was cloudy and misting a little?Six Girls and Bob
Marion Ames Taggart
Is it the fog from outside which has come in and is misting her eyes?Doctor Cupid
A misting rain was being swirled about by a temperish wind as Larry came out into the little street.Children of the Whirlwind
Outside it was misting heavily, but little did they mind it, as they141 were warm and dry and well-fed.Frontier Boys in Frisco
- the act or an instance of having an artificial suntan applied to the skin by a fine spray of liquid
- a thin fog resulting from condensation in the air near the earth's surface
- meteorol such an atmospheric condition with a horizontal visibility of 1–2 kilometres
- a fine spray of any liquid, such as that produced by an aerosol container
- chem a colloidal suspension of a liquid in a gas
- condensed water vapour on a surface that blurs the surface
- something that causes haziness or lack of clarity, such as a film of tears
- to cover or be covered with or as if with mist
Word Origin and History for misting
Old English mist "dimness (of eyesight), mist" (earliest in compounds, such as misthleoðu "misty cliffs," wælmist "mist of death"), from Proto-Germanic *mikhstaz (cf. Middle Low German mist, Dutch mist, Icelandic mistur, Norwegian and Swedish mist), perhaps from PIE *meigh- "to urinate" (cf. Greek omikhle, Old Church Slavonic migla, Sanskrit mih, megha "cloud, mist;" see micturition).
Sometimes distinguished from fog, either as being less opaque or as consisting of drops large enough to have a perceptible downward motion. [OED]
Also in Old English in sense of "dimness of the eyes, either by illness or tears," and in figurative sense of "things that obscure mental vision."
Old English mistian "to become misty, to be or grow misty;" see mist (n.). Meaning "To cover with mist" is early 15c. Related: Misted; misting.
- A mass of fine droplets of water in the atmosphere near or in contact with the Earth. Mist reduces visibility to not less than 1 km (0.62 mi). Compare fog.