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"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.
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.