Definition of mixer in US English:

mixer

noun

  • 1A machine or device for mixing things, especially an electrical appliance for mixing foods.

    ‘a food mixer’
    • ‘Combine the heavy cream and the confectioners' sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl and using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat the cream until it holds soft peaks.’
    • ‘Put the mascarpone and icing sugar in the bowl of a food mixer and beat smooth.’
    • ‘DIY is the nation's favourite pastime, even ranking above drinking, and women can now wield a power tool better than they can a food mixer.’
    • ‘Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and, using the whisk attachment, whisk until thick and cool.’
    • ‘Make the vanilla sugar by whizzing a few tablespoons of sugar with the seeds of a vanilla pod in an electric mixer and sprinkle it generously over the chilled strawberries before eating.’
    • ‘It was a time when pressure cookers, gas cookers and food mixers were making kitchen tasks easier, but refrigerators were still something of a novelty.’
    • ‘Oh - and I want a food mixer of some sort, because creaming butter and sugar by hand is not a lot of fun.’
    • ‘We also use top-quality electric mixers and stick blenders for our light mousses, sauces and purées.’
    • ‘Put away knives, the blender, mixer, toaster, food processor, and hot appliances when not in use.’
    • ‘Then beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale (four to five minutes in a food mixer; double by hand).’
    • ‘You need to have an electric mixer to use the method described, although it is also successful using the traditional method that begins with creaming the butter and sugar.’
    • ‘For instance, families that bake and cook frequently need plenty of room for equipment such as food processors, mixers, and blenders.’
    • ‘Once everything is weighed out, most things take minutes to prepare - even less if you use food mixers.’
    • ‘The easiest way is using an electric food mixer with a whisk attachment.’
    • ‘All small appliances such as food mixers and juicers can be permanently housed there, with messy, noisy work undertaken out of sight.’
    • ‘In a food mixer (or with an electric hand-beater), cream the butter well then add the sugar and beat until fluffy.’
    • ‘The mango parfait is made in minutes with the labour-saving help of an electric food mixer and a hand whisk.’
    • ‘In a large, chilled mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice and extracts until mixture mounds softly.’
    • ‘Beat in the eggs, one at a time, with a wooden spoon, an electric mixer, or a food processor until the dough is smooth and satiny.’
    • ‘Place the eggs and sugar in a food mixer and beat for 5-10 minutes until thick and creamy, then slowly add the oil, beat together and add the remaining ingredients.’
    blender, food processor, liquidizer, stirrer, beater, churn, whisk
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  • 2with adjective A person considered in terms of their ability to mix socially with others.

    ‘media people need to be good mixers’
    • ‘They have to be brilliant mixers, able to work a room and control the mood of the crowd, and the best ones now travel the world earning the kind of money most of us can only dream of.’
    1. 2.1North American A social gathering where people can make new acquaintances.
      • ‘This typically will give you access to the convention events and mixers.’
      • ‘There was, I felt, determination, but also awkwardness in the air - like it was the first mixer of the new school year.’
      • ‘Andy accompanies a friend to a singles mixer, but it takes a panic attack to make him realize he's not yet ready for the dating world.’
      • ‘It all started at a grade seven school mixer in 1985.’
      • ‘The Club will hold its monthly social mixer on Tuesday 18 May from 7pm.in Zapata's.’
      • ‘A mixer held in the auditorium lobby preceded the main event, between long tables loaded with promotional material and association hawkers.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, Malak doesn't get invited to as many singles mixers as he'd like.’
      • ‘Tourists visit from all over the world to participate in the week's activities, which include concerts, parades, puppet shows, and social mixers that stir from dusk until dawn.’
      sociable person, socializer, mingler, extrovert, social butterfly, socialite, life and soul of the party, party animal
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  • 3A soft drink that can be mixed with alcohol.

    • ‘Tonight I shall drink several pints of wood alcohol with a refreshing mixer of Irn Bru!’
    • ‘Quality cocktails are powerful and perfectly prepared but dozens of vodkas drunk either as shots or with mixers are equally potent and popular.’
    • ‘Over the years the product developed with a balance between pot still and continuous still spirits, although the resulting spirits was almost invariably used as a mixer, usually with cola.’
    • ‘Alcoholic drinks, and the mixers used with them, often contain lots of sugar, increasing the risk of tooth decay.’
    • ‘Consider also preparing highballs with bottled mixers; they make crisper, cleaner tasting drinks.’
    • ‘If you have mixed drinks, use mixers that are sugar-free, such as diet soda, tonic water, club soda or seltzer.’
    • ‘Not counting the mixers, it came out to $5.60 a bottle.’
    • ‘Drink spirits and mixers, or bottled concoctions, or shandy.’
    • ‘The menu is a perfect example of how using various flavored vodkas, liqueurs, fruit juices and mixers can open up a world of colorful and tasty profit opportunities.’
    • ‘The beverage side has the usual local beers around, or a bottle of imported whiskey for 850 baht, plus the normal soft drinks and mixers.’
    • ‘Vanilla, too, pairs naturally well with mixers that have vanilla tones of their own, including cream soda and cola.’
    • ‘But they're taking it on their own terms, adding mixers instead of drinking it straight.’
    • ‘The bar has a sliding storage drawer that can accommodate mixers, sodas or standard bus boxes.’
    • ‘The distiller recommends only drinking the 180 proof poteen with mixers.’
    • ‘If you had something to mix it with, all would be roses, but there is not a mixer in the house.’
  • 4(in sound recording and cinematography) a device for merging input signals to produce a combined output in the form of sound or pictures.

    • ‘My first mixer was made for radio station use, and I was the only one who ever could get a sound out,’ he says.’
    • ‘I like to keep it traditional with two turntables, a mixer, a microphone and just a whole bunch of records.’
    • ‘The studio is designed to have an audio mixer, compact and mini-disc player.’
    • ‘Well, we recorded our first EP on an eight-channel mixer with one compressor and a couple of mics.’
    • ‘The book details numerous design methods for highly linear circuits that help ensure optimal linearity in small-signal and high-power amplifiers and mixers.’
    • ‘He does it with just three battered audio cassette players, a satellite receiver, a sound mixer, three microphones and a homemade transmitter that he operates in the pantry of a house.’
    • ‘If the DJ sets up near the console, the DJ mixer's outputs can be patched into channel line inputs.’
    • ‘Audio hardware included mixers, speakers, and both omnidirectional and directional microphones; the sound setup required some care to avoid echo and ensure high fidelity.’
    • ‘Multichannel mixers provide a number of inputs whose signals can be combined and routed freely before being sent to the mixer outputs.’
    • ‘I worked doing sound recording for a company and I had a sound mixer.’
    • ‘I repeated those few bars on the Sequencer and then simply rode the faders on the mixer so that all the various interplays showed up.’
    • ‘You therefore need a sound card that has digital inputs and outputs that are compatible with your mixer.’
    • ‘Please see that the mixer and turntables are returned.’
    • ‘The raw practice of DJing relies heavily on a slider integral to DJ mixers known as the cross-fader.’
    • ‘Your default mixer and audio devices should be automatically detected, so that part should already be filled in.’
    • ‘At 14 he started DJing with friends and swapped an Indian drum for a mixer.’
    • ‘You'll need to start with a mixer to get your signals together via the new and improved re-MIX.’
    • ‘Because the beats were relatively short, he developed a technique to extend them for longer periods of time by using an audio mixer and two identical records.’
    • ‘Tonight it's just him with two turntables and a mixer for a taste of his DJ set.’
    • ‘You may find that your voice sounds a bit higher, and maybe even a bit better than usual - Lee has set up the sound mixer to improve and enhance the quality of your voice.’
    1. 4.1often with modifier A person who operates a signals mixer in sound recording or cinematography.
      ‘a sound mixer’
      • ‘Bombs explode, music swells, gunfire erupts the sound mixers sure put a lot of work into this track!’
      • ‘I took a job helping the sound mixer set up in a jazz club, where I met the director of a local cable-television show.’
      • ‘One thing that I never understand, though, is why the sound mixers on the set and their teams are rarely mentioned by name.’
      • ‘With Ted, we've bred a staff of really talented mixers who are technically astute with the format.’
      • ‘The region is populated with gifted producers, engineers, mixers, sound designers and other professionals.’
      • ‘For the more technically-minded people out there, there is also the chance to operate a camera, work the autocue or be a vision or sound mixer in a real-life studio setting.’
      • ‘Reality shows in general are incredibly demanding for location sound mixers.’
      • ‘But I had to beg, borrow and steal, and call in every favor I had in terms of sound mixers and musicians.’
      • ‘‘Audio Mixing’ allows the viewer to get an idea of what it's like to be a sound mixer on a film.’
      • ‘The independent film community was always looking for younger mixers, rather than people in their 40s or 50s.’
      • ‘He was also on The Young Racers [1963] as a sound mixer.’
      • ‘Contrary to predominant opinion, this mixing is as much guided by spontaneous inspiration based on aural-reaction as it is the subjective will of the mixer.’

Pronunciation

mixer

/ˈmiksər//ˈmɪksər/