1. put together or formed by mixing.
  2. composed of different constituents or elements: a mixed form of government.
  3. of different kinds combined: mixed nuts; mixed emotions.
  4. involving or comprised of persons of different sex, class, ethnicity, religion, etc.: mixed company; a mixed neighborhood; a mixed marriage.
  5. Law. involving more than one issue or aspect: a mixed question of law and fact.
  6. Phonetics. (of a vowel) central.
  7. Mathematics. (of partial derivatives) of second or higher order and involving differentiation with respect to more than one variable.
  8. (of trains) composed of both passenger and freight cars.
  9. Logic. containing quantifiers of unlike kind.
  10. (of a stock or commodity market) characterized by uneven price movements, with some prices rising and others falling.

Origin of mixed

1400–50; late Middle English mixt < Latin mixtus, past participle of miscēre to mingle. Cf. mix
Related formsmix·ed·ly [mik-sid-lee, mikst-lee] /ˈmɪk sɪd li, ˈmɪkst li/, adverbmix·ed·ness, nounwell-mixed, adjective
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adjective (well mixed when postpositive)
  1. (of ingredients, constituents, etc) formed or blended together thoroughly


  1. formed or blended together by mixing
  2. composed of different elements, races, sexes, etca mixed school
  3. consisting of conflicting elements, thoughts, attitudes, etcmixed feelings; mixed motives
  4. (of a legal action)
    1. having the nature of both a real and a personal action, such as a demand for the return of wrongfully withheld property as well as for damages to compensate for the loss
    2. having aspects or issues determinable by different persons or bodiesa mixed question of law and fact
  5. (of an inflorescence) containing cymose and racemose branches
  6. (of a nerve) containing both motor and sensory nerve fibres
  7. maths
    1. (of a number) consisting of the sum of an integer and a fraction, as 5 1/2
    2. (of a decimal) consisting of the sum of an integer and a decimal fraction, as 17.43
    3. (of an algebraic expression) consisting of the sum of a polynomial and a rational fraction, such as 2 x + 4 x ² + 2/3 x
Derived Formsmixedly (ˈmɪksɪdlɪ), adverbmixedness (ˈmɪksɪdnɪs), noun
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Word Origin and History for well-mixed



mid-15c., from past participle of mix (v.). Mixed blessing from 1933. Mixed marriage is from 1690s (originally in a religious context; racial sense was in use by 1942 in U.S., though mixed breed in reference to mulattoes is found by 1775). Mixed bag "heterogeneous collection" is from 1936. Mixed up is from 1884 as "confused," from 1862 as "involved."

Mixed drink in the modern liquor sense is recorded by 1868; the thing itself is older; Bartlett (1859) lists sixty names "given to the various compounds or mixtures of spirituous liquors and wines served up in fashionable bar rooms in the United States," all from a single advertisement. The list includes Tippe na Pecco, Moral suasion, Vox populi, Jewett's fancy, Ne plus ultra, Shambro, Virginia fancy, Stone wall, Smasher, Slingflip, Pig and whistle, Cocktail, Phlegm-cutter, Switchel flip, Tip and Ty, Ching-ching, Fiscal agent, Slip ticket, Epicure's punch.

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