Definition of mixture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmiksCHər/


1A substance made by mixing other substances together: form the mixture into a manageable dough shandy is a mixture of beer and lemonade
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  • The master's meal consisted of a loaf of bread stuffed with a mixture of meat and vegetables, and his glass was filled with wine.
  • Raw fish, called ika, is marinated in lemon juice or a mixture of vinegar, oil, and salt and served with chopped onion and coconut cream.
  • Chang describes silver clay as a mixture of pure silver powder, water and glue.
1.1The process of mixing or being mixed.
1.2 (a mixture of) A combination of different qualities, things, or emotions in which the component elements are individually distinct: she thumped the pillow with a mixture of anger and frustration the old town is a mixture of narrow medieval streets and 18th-century architecture
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  • I think that the truth is that it is a mixture of different elements.
  • Pirates is a mixture of two distinct elements: land-based adventure and sea-based combat.
  • The trees will make way for the enlargement of the community recreation ground and are to be replaced with a mixture of different varieties elsewhere within the park.
1.3A person regarded as a combination of qualities and attributes: he was a curious mixture, an unpredictable man
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  • That lobby is a curious mixture of interests, reflected in influential sections of the newspaper world, with little in common except their hostility to Europe.
  • A curious mixture of vanity and insecurity, she is keen to play down her on-screen image.
  • He is a curious mixture, this Freddie who gets a Christmas card from the PRIME Minister and sees himself as an anti-establishment traditionalist.
1.4 Chemistry The product of the random distribution of one substance through another without any chemical reaction, as distinct from a compound.
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  • Whereas ester waxes are produced directly by living organisms, paraffin waxes consist of mixtures of high molecular weight hydrocarbons separated during the fractionation of petroleum.
  • Airports can avoid repeated applications of ethylene or propylene glycol mixtures and reduce not only pollution, but also delays.
  • Research into the cellular and molecular biological responses to impact by chemical compounds and mixtures is ongoing.
1.5The charge of gas or vapor mixed with air that is admitted to the cylinder of an internal combustion engine, especially as regards the ratio of fuel to air: newer pilots often leave their mixture rich during an entire flight
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  • 51 Use carburetor heat to help vaporize the fuel and enrich the mixture.
  • I put my fuel mixture on rich, prop on full climb, and slowly released my brakes.
  • An inspection revealed that the fuel-air mixture in the F2 fuel tank had ignited and caused moderate damage to the airframe.
1.6 (also mixture stop) An organ stop in which each key sounds a group of small pipes of different pitches, giving a very bright tone.
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  • Then you have mixtures, which are basically many different pitched pipes on one note, depending on the mixtures in different intervals.
  • Weisflog rattles off the planned improvements: new choir ranks in both organs, several mixture stops, a pedal open diapason, and an en chamade or horizontal state trumpet to lend pomp and pageantry to academic convocations.


Late Middle English: from French mixture or Latin mixtura (see mixed).

Words that rhyme with mixture

admixture, commixture, fixture, intermixture

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Syllabification: mix·ture

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