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.
- het·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ly, adverb
- het·er·o·ge·ne·ous·ness, noun
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How to use heterogeneous in a sentence
In these nationally supported and heterogeneously peopled towns a new kind of community might wax and thrive.Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
The mule trotted along briskly and quietly enough until he beheld the grotesque vision of the heterogeneously-mounted Israelites.
In fact during the last few minutes we have been thinking heterogeneously about nature.The Concept of Nature | Alfred North Whitehead
Instead of two articles of diet he appeared to have something heterogeneously one in flavor.Kenny | Leona Dalrymple
Something of the salt sea yet lingered in old Bildad's language, heterogeneously mixed with Scriptural and domestic phrases.Moby Dick; or The Whale | Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for heterogeneous
composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
not of the same kind or type
- heterogeneity (ˌhɛtərəʊdʒɪˈniːɪtɪ) or heterogeneousness, noun
- heterogeneously, adverb
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