- to mix smoothly and inseparably together: to blend the ingredients in a recipe.
- to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality: Blend a little red paint with the blue paint.
- to prepare by such mixture: This tea is blended by mixing chamomile with pekoe.
- to pronounce (an utterance) as a combined sequence of sounds.
- to mix or intermingle smoothly and inseparably: I can't get the eggs and cream to blend.
- to fit or relate harmoniously; accord; go: The brown sofa did not blend with the purple wall.
- to have no perceptible separation: Sea and sky seemed to blend.
- an act or manner of blending: tea of our own blend.
- a mixture or kind produced by blending: a special blend of rye and wheat flours.
- Linguistics. a word made by putting together parts of other words, as motel, made from motor and hotel, brunch, from breakfast and lunch, or guesstimate, from guess and estimate.
- a sequence of two or more consonant sounds within a syllable, as the bl in blend; consonant cluster.
Origin of blend
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Examples from the Web for blending
Blending into the local population in one area to operate in the shadows, while marching openly through the streets elsewhere.Has ISIS Peaked as a Military Power?
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Baldwin becomes a social and spiritual alchemist by blending rage with love.How We Got to Ferguson—a Reading List
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In France, blending is only allowed in Champagne (even then, many producers prefer the saignée method).Summer in a Glass: Everything’s Coming Up Rosés
June 7, 2014
This collection is modern but not sterile, blending feminine and masculine silhouettes.New Kids on the Fashion Block: Timo Weiland, Wes Gordon, and Rosie Assoulin
February 13, 2014
Her later works became even more experimental, blending elements of autobiography, history, myth, religion, and politics.Nobel Literature Prize Favorites for Dummies, According to the Bookies
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It is possible that there has been a blending of the two incidents.The Works of Whittier, Volume III (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
It is the blending of experience with the present action of the mind.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing could be more perfect than the blending of courtesy and familiarity.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
The outlines of the far-off mountains were blending into one huge shadow.Dwellers in the Hills
Melville Davisson Post
Everywhere he sees the shadings, the blending of the meaning of words.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
- to mix or mingle (components) together thoroughly
- (tr) to mix (different grades or varieties of tea, whisky, tobacco, etc) to produce a particular flavour, consistency, etc
- (intr) to look good together; harmonize
- (intr) (esp of colours) to shade imperceptibly into each other
- a mixture or type produced by blending
- the act of blending
- Also called: portmanteau word a word formed by joining together the beginning and the end of two other words"brunch" is a blend of "breakfast" and "lunch"
Word Origin and History for blending
c.1300, blenden, "to mix, mingle, stir up a liquid," in northern writers, from or akin to rare Old English blandan "to mix," blondan (Mercian) or Old Norse blanda "to mix," or a combination of the two; from Proto-Germanic *blandan "to mix," which comes via a notion of "to make cloudy" from an extended Germanic form of the PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.); also blind (adj.)). Cf. Old Saxon and Old High German blantan, Gothic blandan, Middle High German blenden "to mix;" German Blendling "bastard, mongrel," and outside Germanic, Lithuanian blandus "troubled, turbid, thick;" Old Church Slavonic blesti "to go astray." Figurative use from early 14c. Related: Blended; blending.
"mixture formed by blending," 1690s, from blend (v.).