[ mist ]
/ mɪst /
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.
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.
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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
SYNONYMS FOR mist
3, 4 See cloud.
OTHER WORDS FROM mistmist·less, adjectivede·mist, verb (used with object)un·der·mist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for demist (1 of 2)
/ (diːˈmɪst) /
to free or become free of condensation through evaporation produced by a heater and/or blower
British Dictionary definitions for demist (2 of 2)
/ (mɪst) /
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 for mist
Old English; related to Middle Dutch, Swedish mist, Greek omikhlē fog
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Scientific 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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