[ mist ]
/ mɪst /


verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

to make misty.
to spray (plants) with a finely diffused jet of water, as a means of replacing lost moisture.

Nearby words

  1. misstatement,
  2. misstep,
  3. misstrike,
  4. missus,
  5. missy,
  6. mist.,
  7. mistakable,
  8. mistake,
  9. mistake for,
  10. mistaken

Origin of mist

before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German, Swedish mist; akin to Greek omíchlē fog, Russian mgla mist, Sanskrit megha cloud; (v.) Middle English misten, Old English mistian, derivative of the noun

3, 4. See cloud.

Related formsmist·less, adjectivede·mist, verb (used with object)un·der·mist, noun

Can be confusedmidst missed mist

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British Dictionary definitions for demist


/ (diːˈmɪst) /


to free or become free of condensation through evaporation produced by a heater and/or blower


/ (mɪst) /



to cover or be covered with or as if with mist

Word Origin for mist

Old English; related to Middle Dutch, Swedish mist, Greek omikhlē fog

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Word Origin and History for demist
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Science definitions for demist


[ mĭst ]

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.
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