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[miks-cher] /ˈmɪks tʃər/
a product of mixing.
any combination or blend of different elements, kinds, qualities, etc.:
a mixture of good and bad traits.
Chemistry, Physics. an aggregate of two or more substances that are not chemically united and that exist in no fixed proportion to each other.
a fabric woven of yarns combining various colors:
a heather mixture.
the act of mixing or the state of being mixed.
an added element or ingredient; admixture.
Origin of mixture
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Latin mixtūra, equivalent to mixt(us) mixed + -ūra -ure
Related forms
supermixture, noun
1. blend, combination; compound. 2. conglomeration, miscellany, jumble; medley; mélange, potpourri, hodgepodge. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mixture
  • The sorbet mixture may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Put two teaspoons of mixture on each piece.
  • They baked the mixture for 12 hours at 750 degrees Fahrenheit to make sure it was free of organic materials.
  • Add lemon juice gradually, as mixture thickens.
  • Do not over-beat, or the mixture will toughen when cooked.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the mixture onto a piece of wax paper.
  • Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until blended.
  • Instead, each person seemed to have a mixture of mitochondrial genotypes.
  • Then add whites of eggs gradually, and work until mixture is perfectly smooth.
  • Quickly pour the mixture onto the clay disk.
British Dictionary definitions for mixture


the act of mixing or state of being mixed
something mixed; a result of mixing
(chem) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together without any chemical bonding between them
(pharmacol) a liquid medicine in which an insoluble compound is suspended in the liquid
(music) an organ stop that controls several ranks of pipes sounding the upper notes in a harmonic series
the mixture of petrol vapour and air in an internal-combustion engine
Word Origin
C16: from Latin mixtūra, from mixtus, past participle of miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for mixture

early 15c., from Old French misture and directly from Latin mixtura "a mixing," from mixtus (see mix (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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mixture in Medicine

mixture mix·ture (mĭks'chər)

  1. A composition of two or more substances that are not chemically combined with each other and are capable of being separated.

  2. A preparation consisting of a liquid holding an insoluble medicinal substance in suspension by means of some viscid material.

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mixture in Science
A composition of two or more substances that are not chemically combined with each other and are capable of being separated.
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