Definition of mixture in English:

mixture

noun

  • 1A substance made by mixing other substances together:

    ‘form the mixture into a manageable dough’
    ‘shandy is a mixture of beer and lemonade’
    • ‘While the machine is running, add 4-5 teaspoons of cold water and let the mixture come together to make a firm dough.’
    • ‘They used a mixture of cake gelatine, powdered sugar, food colouring and permitted flavours, to create flat ‘sheets’.’
    • ‘They can be taken in a mixture of several together or as single substances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When her efforts continued for almost three hours and her strength began flagging, vets finally decided to prepare a mixture of water and medication to assist the rest of the birth.’
    • ‘Molten glass, which is basically a mixture of sand, ash and lime, is held at a temperature of 1,120 Celsius within a furnace.’
    • ‘Most rods are made from hollow tapering tubes from a mixture of carbon and glass fibres bonded by a resin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gas is reached by pumping a mixture of water, sand and foam into the coal, which then cracks.’
    • ‘Sitting in the corner of the tank room is a new wooden box that contains about 3,800 litres of a nasty liquid made from a mixture of formalin and salt water.’
    • ‘It is a mixture of fatty substances linked to proteins, the main ingredient being dipalmitoyl lecithin.’
    • ‘The next, and penultimate, course was manzana peppers stuffed with a mixture of ground meat.’
    • ‘Melt the garlic in a mixture of olive oil and butter with salt and pepper.’
    • ‘After 5 hours of heliox therapy, she was returned to breathing a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen.’
    • ‘White gold, which is a mixture of gold, silver, copper and palladium, is now considered to be more trendy than real gold.’
    • ‘When these small sachets containing a mixture of sugar and salt are dissolved in water they are quite simply a lifesaver for children who have lost vital body fluids.’
    • ‘Most soils are a mixture of clay, sand, and loam.’
    • ‘They are made either from a pasta dough or from a mixture of potato flour and wheat flour, or from semolina or maize.’
    • ‘The lemon sauce was a mixture of butter and lemon.’
    • ‘Chang describes silver clay as a mixture of pure silver powder, water and glue.’
    blend, mix, brew, combination, concoction
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    1. 1.1[mass noun] The process of mixing or being mixed.
    2. 1.2 A combination of different things in which the component elements are individually distinct:
      ‘the old town is a mixture of narrow medieval streets and 18th-century architecture’
      • ‘On the other hand, a sample drawn from a subdivided population is expected to contain a mixture of individuals from different subpopulations.’
      • ‘I think that the truth is that it is a mixture of different elements.’
      • ‘It is also difficult to sell gasoline into the U.S. market because the U.S. has something like four dozen different formulas, mixtures or blends for gasoline, and it confuses the seller.’
      • ‘In his view the post-modern is a mixture of different influences, artistic expressions and cultural practices.’
      • ‘It is a mixture of black and different shades of gold.’
      • ‘Third, make combination plantings, which include a mixture of different species of shrubs and trees.’
      • ‘The cacophony resonating along the pavements is a mixture of a dozen different languages, revving motor engines and a confusing blend of music from all over Africa.’
      • ‘A reproduction of the original Brussels weave carpet covers the floors and a mixture of objects of different styles and epochs furnish the room.’
      • ‘What is unique is that we have a mixture of two elements - we have got different ritual activity but we have got burials as well.’
      • ‘Gone are the days when the neighborhood was a mixture of different facades and you could tell one friend's house from another.’
      • ‘The solution has been a mixture of several components.’
      • ‘Usually these programs are made up from a mixture of four components: awareness, feedback, cognitive change, and skills training.’
      • ‘We examined a mixture of elements from the same subfamily and from different subfamilies.’
      • ‘The plan recommends that new developments should include a mixture of different types of houses, apartments and town houses.’
      • ‘Accurate acreage assessment is difficult because so many of the old Italian vineyards were planted with a mixture of different varieties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Other categories of wines that are a mixture of different regions and vintages belong to the table-type wines.’
      • ‘I think very few people will agree with this list because it's so democratic, there a mixture of so many different genres of films in there.’
      • ‘Pirates is a mixture of two distinct elements: land-based adventure and sea-based combat.’
      • ‘The place's decor was a mixture of different shades of brown painted in swirls all over.’
      assortment, miscellany, medley, melange, blend, variety, mixed bag, mix, diversity, collection, selection, assemblage, combination, motley collection, pot-pourri, conglomeration, jumble, mess, confusion, mishmash, hotchpotch, hodgepodge, ragbag, pastiche, patchwork, farrago, hash
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    3. 1.3 A person regarded as a combination of qualities and attributes:
      ‘he was a curious mixture, an unpredictable man’
      • ‘He is a strange mixture: a clear and consistent voice in contemporary culture who enjoys working in riddles.’
      • ‘Somewhat the class clown, he was a curious mixture of anxieties.’
      • ‘He is a curious mixture, this Freddie who gets a Christmas card from the PRIME Minister and sees himself as an anti-establishment traditionalist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For a man who can boast impressive achievements as a nation-builde, he is a strange mixture.’
      • ‘A curious mixture of vanity and insecurity, she is keen to play down her on-screen image.’
      • ‘He became a curious mixture of internal melancholy and external effervescence.’
      • ‘The man I came to know was a rich mixture of many qualities.’
    4. 1.4Chemistry The product of the random distribution of one substance through another without any chemical reaction, as distinct from a compound.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Exposures to chemical mixtures have reportedly produced unexpected effects.’
      • ‘Azeotropes or azeotropic mixtures occur for a number of important chemical compounds but perhaps the most important is the ethanol-water mixture.’
    5. 1.5 The charge of gas or vapour mixed with air which 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’
      • ‘For example, engines vary in how hard they compress the fuel mixture of gasoline vapor and air.’
      • ‘Injecting fuel directly into the combustion chamber increases both fuel mixture loading efficiency and torque.’
      • ‘For most flights below 3,000 feet, you can set the mixture to full rich and forget about it.’
      • ‘A purer mixture of fuel would greatly increase their speed and efficiency.’
      • ‘Emission reductions come from burning a homogeneous mixture of diesel fuel and air at lower than normal temperatures.’
      • ‘51 Use carburetor heat to help vaporize the fuel and enrich the mixture.’
      • ‘The first thing you'll notice after strapping yourself in is that there's two of everything: two throttles, two propeller controls, two mixtures and two of each gauge.’
      • ‘Taking his father's advice, Titus makes some adjustments to the fuel mixture ratio with explosive and disastrous results!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The throttle and fuel mixture for the left engine were secured and the pilot activated the left engine feathering button again.’
      • ‘Gently adjust the levers for the fuel mixture and pitch of the propeller.’
      • ‘As a result, the engine would run rough due to the lean mixture at all cylinders.’
      • ‘If a racer leans the fuel mixture or advances the timing far enough to hurt performance, it's likely that the engine has been damaged.’
      • ‘In a diesel engine a fuel air mixture is injected into a cylinder where it is compressed by a piston.’
      • ‘Crew chiefs must make significant adjustments to fuel/air mixtures to accommodate these extremes.’
      • ‘The EC directive on the incineration of hazardous waste dictates that no more than 40 per cent of the fuel mixture to be burnt should contain such wastes.’
      • ‘The engine is normal and the mixture of air/fuel is right when the color of the plug is tan.’
      • ‘The more powerful or complex the engine, the more vital it is to ‘lean’ the fuel/air mixture properly.’
      • ‘The fuel and air mixture which powers the engine enters the cylinders where it is ignited by spark plugs.’
    6. 1.6 An organ stop in which each key sounds a group of small pipes of different pitches, giving a very bright tone.
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • the mixture as before

    • The same treatment repeated.

      • ‘This year's Designers and Art Directors Association exhibition, the third in the annual series, remained in most essentials the mixture as before - although the general standard of exhibits is rather higher.’
      • ‘In other words, it's the mixture as before, with few surprises but lots of laughs.’
      • ‘It would be quite easy for someone merely glancing over his pages to assume that this book is simply one more example of the mixture as before.’
      • ‘However much the carping critic may protest that this is the mixture as before, the public continues to pack every house.’
      • ‘Elsewhere it looks like the mixture as before, although there are irons in the fire on the recruitment front.’
      • ‘And the first comment to be made about the third film in the trilogy is that while it's very much the mixture as before, the ingredients are in peak condition.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mixture

/ˈmɪkstʃə/