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[miks] /mɪks/
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.
  1. to combine, blend, edit, etc. (the various components of a soundtrack):
    to mix dialogue and sound effects.
  2. 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,
  1. to confuse completely, especially to mistake one person or thing for another:
    The teacher was always mixing up the twins.
  2. to involve or entangle.
mix it up, Slang.
  1. to engage in a quarrel.
  2. to fight with the fists.
Also, mix it.
Origin of mix
1470-80; back formation from mixt mixed
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mixing
  • mixing pebbles and boulders suggests the presence of water.
  • Click ahead to see what they did, mixing some old with the new along the way.
  • If you want a finer texture, continue mixing and turning for another month or two.
  • Pour the cooled liquid through a mesh strainer into a medium mixing bowl.
  • Plus pipettes for measuring out specific amounts of wine and a graduated cylinder for mixing them together.
  • mixing the gooey stuff with food stopped working after the first attempt.
  • The spring trend of mixing prints and patterns is not the easiest to wear well.
  • In addition to being used as mixing bowls, the abalone shells served as storage containers.
  • No one knows if and how any genetic mixing between dens takes place, and what role the babies may play in it.
  • Add this paste to the masa with a little salt, mixing it until it reaches a dough consistency.
British Dictionary definitions for mixing


(transitive) to combine or blend (ingredients, liquids, objects, etc) together into one mass
(intransitive) to become or have the capacity to become combined, joined, etc: some chemicals do not mix
(transitive) to form (something) by combining two or more constituents: to mix cement
(transitive; 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
(transitive) to do at the same time; combine: to mix study and pleasure
(transitive) to consume (drinks or foods) in close succession
to come or cause to come into association socially: Pauline has never mixed well
(intransitive) often foll by with. to go together; complement
(transitive) to crossbreed (differing strains of plants or breeds of livestock), esp more or less at random
(transitive) (electronics) to combine (two or more signals)
  1. (in sound recording) to balance and adjust (the recorded tracks) on a multitrack tape machine
  2. (in live performance) to balance and adjust (the output levels from microphones and pick-ups)
(transitive) to merge (two lengths of film) so that the effect is imperceptible
(informal) mix it
  1. to cause mischief or trouble, often for a person named: she tried to mix it for John
  2. to fight
the act or an instance of mixing
the result of mixing; mixture
a mixture of ingredients, esp one commercially prepared for making a cake, bread, etc
(music) the sound obtained by mixing
(building trades, civil engineering) the proportions of cement, sand, and aggregate in mortar, plaster, or concrete
(informal) a state of confusion, bewilderment
See also mix-up
Derived Forms
mixable, adjective
mixability, noun
Word Origin
C15: back formation from mixt mixed, via Old French from Latin mixtus, from miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for mixing



1530s, back-formation from Middle English myxte (early 15c.) "composed of more than one element, of mixed nature," from Anglo-French mixte, from Latin mixtus, past participle of miscere "to mix, mingle, blend; fraternize with; throw into confusion," from PIE *meik- "to mix" (cf. Sanskrit misrah "mixed," Greek misgein, mignynai "to mix, mix up, mingle; to join, bring together; join (battle); make acquainted with," Old Church Slavonic mešo, mesiti "to mix," Russian meshat, Lithuanian maišau "to mix, mingle," Welsh mysgu). Also borrowed in Old English as miscian. Related: Mixed; mixing.


1580s, "act of mixing," from mix (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for mixing



(often the mix) A mixture; combination of components; medley: most important element in an auto maker's marketing mix/ I enjoy what callers bring into the mix (1959+)


To fight; mix it: Them last two babies mixed many times a month (1921+)

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Related Abbreviations for mixing


multiservice interchange
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