[het-er-uh-jee-nee-uh s, -jeen-yuh s]
- different in kind; unlike; incongruous.
- composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents: The party was attended by a heterogeneous group of artists, politicians, and social climbers.
- Chemistry. (of a mixture) composed of different substances or the same substance in different phases, as solid ice and liquid water.
Origin of heterogeneous
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2. varied, diverse.
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I missed the general accepting feeling that comes from such a heterogeneous mixture of people.How to Write a Winning Ivy League Essay
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Once, among the heterogeneous crowd of inmates there appeared a dancing-master.Little Dorrit
The crockery was heterogeneous, and was slumped under colour-headings.
The truth was, that his language and habits were as heterogeneous as his external appearance.Waverley
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In a corner was a heterogeneous mass of soggy, dirty garments.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
Viscount Melbourne was called in with a heterogeneous Cabinet.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
- composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
- not of the same kind or type
- chem of, composed of, or concerned with two or more different phasesCompare homogeneous
C17: from Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from hetero- + genos sort
Word Origin and History for heterogeneous
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Composed of parts having dissimilar characteristics or properties.
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