heterogeneous

[het-er-uh-jee-nee-uhs, -jeen-yuhs]
adjective
1.
different in kind; unlike; incongruous.
2.
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.
3.
Chemistry. (of a mixture) composed of different substances or the same substance in different phases, as solid ice and liquid water.

Origin:
1615–25; < Medieval Latin heterogeneus < Greek heterogenḗs. See hetero-, gene, -ous

heterogeneously, adverb
heterogeneousness, noun

heterogeneous, heterogenous, homogeneous, homogenous.


2. varied, diverse.


2. homogeneous.
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heterogeneous (ˌhɛtərəʊˈdʒiːnɪəs)
 
adj
1.  composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
2.  not of the same kind or type
3.  chem Compare homogeneous of, composed of, or concerned with two or more different phases
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from hetero- + genos sort]
 
heterogeneity
 
n
 
hetero'geneousness
 
n
 
hetero'geneously
 
adv

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heterogeneous
1624, from Gk. heterogenes, from heteros "different" + genos "kind, gender, race stock" (see genus).
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heterogeneous het·er·o·ge·ne·ous (hět'ər-ə-jē'nē-əs, -jēn'yəs)
adj.
Composed of parts having dissimilar characteristics or properties.

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heterogeneous definition


Composed of unrelated parts, different in kind.
Often used in the context of distributed systems that may be running different operating systems or network protocols (a heterogeneous network).
For examples see: interoperable database, middleware.
Constrast homogeneous.
(1999-05-06)

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Example sentences
Materials themselves can be classified into the homogeneous and the
  heterogeneous.
The heterogeneous composition of animal studies is reflected in the content of
  the books.
This is a heterogeneous condition with many potential components.
The rock itself is temperamental —heterogeneous, soft, and in some places
  already cracked.
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