[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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Examples from the Web for heterogeneously
In such a case I shall say that we are thinking ‘heterogeneously’ about nature.The Concept of Nature
Alfred North Whitehead
A shelf ran round the walls, on which were models in plaster, heterogeneously placed, most of them covered with gray dust.Vendetta
Honore de Balzac
A ragged, coatless, heterogeneously weaponed army, it heaved tumultuously along toward Third Avenue.The Great Riots of New York 1712 to 1873
In these nationally supported and heterogeneously peopled towns a new kind of community might wax and thrive.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
Something of the salt sea yet lingered in old Bildad's language, heterogeneously mixed with Scriptural and domestic phrases.Moby Dick; or The Whale
- 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
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Word Origin and History for heterogeneously
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Composed of parts having dissimilar characteristics or properties.
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