a. The act or process of mixing: an alloy made from the mixture of two metals.
b. The condition of being mixed: the inevitable mixture of different cultures in big cities.
2. Something produced by mixing, as:
a. A combination of ingredients used in cooking or baking.
b. One that consists of diverse elements: The day was a mixture of sun and clouds.
c. A fabric made of different kinds of thread or yarn.
d. Chemistry A composition of two or more substances that are not chemically combined with each other and are capable of being separated.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin mixtūra, from mixtus, past participle of miscēre, to mix; see meik- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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