- 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
Synonyms for mist
- to free or become free of condensation through evaporation produced by a heater and/or blower
- 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 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.