a cloudlike aggregation of minute globules of water suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface, reducing visibility to a lesser degree than fog.
a cloud of particles resembling this: She sprayed a mist of perfume onto her handkerchief.
something that dims, obscures, or blurs: the mist of ignorance.
a haze before the eyes that dims the vision: a mist of tears.
a suspension of a liquid in a gas.
a drink of liquor served over cracked ice.
a fine spray produced by a vaporizer to add moisture to the air for breathing.
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.

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

mistless, adjective
demist, verb (used with object)
undermist, noun

midst, missed, mist.

3, 4. See cloud. Unabridged
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demist (diːˈmɪst)
to free or become free of condensation through evaporation produced by a heater and/or blower

mist (mɪst)
1.  a thin fog resulting from condensation in the air near the earth's surface
2.  meteorol such an atmospheric condition with a horizontal visibility of 1--2 kilometres
3.  a fine spray of any liquid, such as that produced by an aerosol container
4.  chem a colloidal suspension of a liquid in a gas
5.  condensed water vapour on a surface that blurs the surface
6.  something that causes haziness or lack of clarity, such as a film of tears
7.  to cover or be covered with or as if with mist
[Old English; related to Middle Dutch, Swedish mist, Greek omikhlē fog]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. mist "dimness, mist" (earliest in compounds, such as misthleoðu "misty cliffs," wælmist "mist of death"), from P.Gmc. *mikhstaz (cf. M.L.G. mist, Icelandic mistur), from PIE *migh-/*meigh- (cf. Gk. omikhle, O.C.S. migla, Skt. mih, megha "cloud, mist").
"Sometimes distinguished from fog, either as being less opaque or as consisting of drops large enough to have a perceptible downward motion." [O.E.D.]
Also in O.E. in sense of "dimness of the eyes, either by illness or tears," and in fig. sense of "things that obscure mental vision." The verb is O.E. mistian. Misty is O.E. mistig.
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mist   (mĭst)  Pronunciation Key 
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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