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

1400–50; late Middle English mixt < Latin mixtus, past participle of miscēre to mingle. Cf. mix

mixedly [mik-sid-lee, mikst-lee] , adverb
mixedness, noun
well-mixed, adjective
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verb (used with object), mixed or mixt, mixing.
to combine (substances, elements, things, etc.) into one mass, collection, or assemblage, generally with a thorough blending of the constituents.
to put together indiscriminately or confusedly (often followed by up ).
to combine, unite, or join: to mix business and pleasure.
to add as an element or ingredient: Mix some salt into the flour.
to form or make by combining ingredients: to mix a cake; to mix mortar.
to crossbreed.
to combine, blend, edit, etc. (the various components of a soundtrack): to mix dialogue and sound effects.
to complete the mixing process on (a film, soundtrack, etc.): an important movie that took months to mix.
to combine (two or more separate recordings or microphone signals) to make a single recording or composite signal.
verb (used without object), mixed or mixt, mixing.
to become mixed: a paint that mixes easily with water.
to associate or mingle, as in company: to mix with the other guests at a party.
to be crossbred, or of mixed breeding.
Boxing. to exchange blows vigorously and aggressively: The crowd jeered as the fighters clinched, refusing to mix.
an act or instance of mixing.
the result of mixing; mixture: cement mix; an odd mix of gaiety and sadness.
a commercially prepared blend of ingredients to which usually only a liquid must be added to make up the total of ingredients necessary or obtain the desired consistency: a cake mix; muffin mix.
Music. music or songs selected and recorded as a mixtape: the ultimate one-hour workout mix; a mix of Christmas songs; a DJ mix.
mixer ( def 4 ).
the proportion of ingredients in a mixture; formula: a mix of two to one.
Informal. a mess or muddle; mix-up.
Music. an electronic blending of tracks or sounds made to produce a recording.
Verb phrases
mix down, to mix the tracks of an existing recording to make a new recording with fewer tracks: the four-track tape was mixed down to stereo.
mix up,
to confuse completely, especially to mistake one person or thing for another: The teacher was always mixing up the twins.
to involve or entangle.
mix it up, Slang.
to engage in a quarrel.
to fight with the fists.
Also, mix it.

1470–80; back formation from mixt mixed

mixable, adjective
mixability, mixableness, noun
overmix, verb
unmix, verb (used with object)
unmixable, adjective

1, 9. commingle, jumble, unite, amalgamate, fuse. Mix, blend, combine, mingle concern the bringing of two or more things into more or less intimate association. Mix is the general word for such association: to mix fruit juices. Blend implies such a harmonious joining of two or more types of colors, feelings, etc., that the new product formed displays some of the qualities of each: to blend fragrances or whiskeys. Combine implies such a close or intimate union that distinction between the parts is lost: to combine forces. Mingle usually suggests retained identity of the parts: to mingle voices. 9. coalesce. 14. concoction; formula.
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mix (mɪks)
vb (often foll by with)
1.  (tr) to combine or blend (ingredients, liquids, objects, etc) together into one mass
2.  (intr) to become or have the capacity to become combined, joined, etc: some chemicals do not mix
3.  (tr) to form (something) by combining two or more constituents: to mix cement
4.  (tr; often foll by in or into) to add as an additional part or element (to a mass or compound): to mix flour into a batter
5.  (tr) to do at the same time; combine: to mix study and pleasure
6.  (tr) to consume (drinks or foods) in close succession
7.  to come or cause to come into association socially: Pauline has never mixed well
8.  to go together; complement
9.  (tr) to crossbreed (differing strains of plants or breeds of livestock), esp more or less at random
10.  (tr) electronics to combine (two or more signals)
11.  music
 a.  (in sound recording) to balance and adjust (the recorded tracks) on a multitrack tape machine
 b.  (in live performance) to balance and adjust (the output levels from microphones and pick-ups)
12.  (tr) to merge (two lengths of film) so that the effect is imperceptible
13.  informal mix it
 a.  to cause mischief or trouble, often for a person named: she tried to mix it for John
 b.  to fight
14.  the act or an instance of mixing
15.  the result of mixing; mixture
16.  a mixture of ingredients, esp one commercially prepared for making a cake, bread, etc
17.  music the sound obtained by mixing
18.  building trades, civil engineering the proportions of cement, sand, and aggregate in mortar, plaster, or concrete
19.  informal a state of confusion, bewilderment
[C15: back formation from mixt mixed, via Old French from Latin mixtus, from miscēre to mix]

mixed (mɪkst)
1.  formed or blended together by mixing
2.  composed of different elements, races, sexes, etc: a mixed school
3.  consisting of conflicting elements, thoughts, attitudes, etc: mixed feelings; mixed motives
4.  of a legal action
 a.  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
 b.  having aspects or issues determinable by different persons or bodies: a 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
 a.  (of a number) consisting of the sum of an integer and a fraction, as 5½
 b.  (of a decimal) consisting of the sum of an integer and a decimal fraction, as 17.43
 c.  (of an algebraic expression) consisting of the sum of a polynomial and a rational fraction, such as 2x + 4x² + 2/3x

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1530s, back-formation from M.E. myxte (late 15c.), from Anglo-Fr. mixte, from L. mixtus, pp. of miscere "to mix," from PIE *meik- "to mix" (cf. Skt. misrah "mixed," Gk. misgein "to mix, mingle," O.C.S. meso, mesiti "to mix," Rus. meshat, Lith. maisau "to mix, mingle," Welsh mysgu). Also borrowed in O.E.
as miscian. The noun is attested from 1580s. Mixed marriage is from 1698 (originally in a religious context; racial sense was in use by 1942 in U.S., though mixed breed in ref. to mulattoes is found by 1775). Mixed bag "heterogeneous collection" is from 1936. Mixed up "confused" is from 1862; mix-up "confusion" first recorded 1898.
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Example sentences
When the door is opened, the noise spills out along with the smell of fibers mixed with machine oil.
They probably have a lot of objectives mixed in with the vision.
The mixed fibers from the two nerves are continued in the optic tracts, the
  primary visual centers of the brain.
The first two are bad motives, the third a good, and the last a mixed one.
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