mist

[ mist ]
/ mɪst /

noun

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.

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.

Related forms

mist·less, adjectivede·mist, verb (used with object)un·der·mist, noun

Can be confused

midst missed mist
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British Dictionary definitions for misting (1 of 2)

misting

/ (ˈmɪstɪŋ) /

noun

the act or an instance of having an artificial suntan applied to the skin by a fine spray of liquid

British Dictionary definitions for misting (2 of 2)

mist

/ (mɪst) /

noun

verb

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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Science definitions for misting

mist

[ 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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