Definition of mixer in English:



  • 1[often with modifier] A machine or device for mixing things, especially an electrical appliance for mixing foods.

    ‘a food mixer’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once everything is weighed out, most things take minutes to prepare - even less if you use food mixers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oh - and I want a food mixer of some sort, because creaming butter and sugar by hand is not a lot of fun.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Put away knives, the blender, mixer, toaster, food processor, and hot appliances when not in use.’
    • ‘For instance, families that bake and cook frequently need plenty of room for equipment such as food processors, mixers, and blenders.’
    • ‘In a food mixer (or with an electric hand-beater), cream the butter well then add the sugar and beat until fluffy.’
    • ‘We also use top-quality electric mixers and stick blenders for our light mousses, sauces and purées.’
    • ‘The mango parfait is made in minutes with the labour-saving help of an electric food mixer and a hand whisk.’
    • ‘The easiest way is using an electric food mixer with a whisk attachment.’
    • ‘Transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer and, using the whisk attachment, whisk until thick and cool.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All small appliances such as food mixers and juicers can be permanently housed there, with messy, noisy work undertaken out of sight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Then beat the eggs and sugar together until thick and pale (four to five minutes in a food mixer; double by hand).’
    • ‘Put the mascarpone and icing sugar in the bowl of a food mixer and beat smooth.’
    • ‘In a large, chilled mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream, 1/3 cup sugar, lemon juice and extracts until mixture mounds softly.’
    blender, food processor, liquidizer, stirrer, beater, churn, whisk
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  • 2[with 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.’
  • 3North American A social gathering where people can make new acquaintances.

    • ‘A mixer held in the auditorium lobby preceded the main event, between long tables loaded with promotional material and association hawkers.’
    • ‘It all started at a grade seven school mixer in 1985.’
    • ‘This typically will give you access to the convention events and mixers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Club will hold its monthly social mixer on Tuesday 18 May from Zapata's.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was, I felt, determination, but also awkwardness in the air - like it was the first mixer of the new school year.’
    • ‘Surprisingly, Malak doesn't get invited to as many singles mixers as he'd like.’
    sociable person, socializer, mingler, extrovert, social butterfly, socialite, life and soul of the party, party animal
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  • 4A soft drink that can be mixed with alcohol.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bar has a sliding storage drawer that can accommodate mixers, sodas or standard bus boxes.’
    • ‘If you had something to mix it with, all would be roses, but there is not a mixer in the house.’
    • ‘Tonight I shall drink several pints of wood alcohol with a refreshing mixer of Irn Bru!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Quality cocktails are powerful and perfectly prepared but dozens of vodkas drunk either as shots or with mixers are equally potent and popular.’
    • ‘The distiller recommends only drinking the 180 proof poteen with mixers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Vanilla, too, pairs naturally well with mixers that have vanilla tones of their own, including cream soda and cola.’
    • ‘Not counting the mixers, it came out to $5.60 a bottle.’
    • ‘Alcoholic drinks, and the mixers used with them, often contain lots of sugar, increasing the risk of tooth decay.’
    • ‘But they're taking it on their own terms, adding mixers instead of drinking it straight.’
  • 5(in sound recording and cinematography) a device for merging input signals to produce a combined output in the form of sound or pictures.

    • ‘The book details numerous design methods for highly linear circuits that help ensure optimal linearity in small-signal and high-power amplifiers and mixers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At 14 he started DJing with friends and swapped an Indian drum for a mixer.’
    • ‘Audio hardware included mixers, speakers, and both omnidirectional and directional microphones; the sound setup required some care to avoid echo and ensure high fidelity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Please see that the mixer and turntables are returned.’
    • ‘If the DJ sets up near the console, the DJ mixer's outputs can be patched into channel line inputs.’
    • ‘The studio is designed to have an audio mixer, compact and mini-disc player.’
    • ‘The raw practice of DJing relies heavily on a slider integral to DJ mixers known as the cross-fader.’
    • ‘You therefore need a sound card that has digital inputs and outputs that are compatible with your mixer.’
    • ‘I worked doing sound recording for a company and I had a sound mixer.’
    • ‘Multichannel mixers provide a number of inputs whose signals can be combined and routed freely before being sent to the mixer outputs.’
    • ‘My first mixer was made for radio station use, and I was the only one who ever could get a sound out,’ he says.’
    • ‘Your default mixer and audio devices should be automatically detected, so that part should already be filled in.’
    • ‘Tonight it's just him with two turntables and a mixer for a taste of his DJ set.’
    • ‘Well, we recorded our first EP on an eight-channel mixer with one compressor and a couple of mics.’
    • ‘I like to keep it traditional with two turntables, a mixer, a microphone and just a whole bunch of records.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 5.1[often with modifier]A person who operates a signals mixer in sound recording or cinematography.
      ‘a sound mixer’
      • ‘Reality shows in general are incredibly demanding for location sound mixers.’
      • ‘The independent film community was always looking for younger mixers, rather than people in their 40s or 50s.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But I had to beg, borrow and steal, and call in every favor I had in terms of sound mixers and musicians.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Audio Mixing’ allows the viewer to get an idea of what it's like to be a sound mixer on a film.’
      • ‘He was also on The Young Racers [1963] as a sound mixer.’
      • ‘One thing that I never understand, though, is why the sound mixers on the set and their teams are rarely mentioned by name.’
      • ‘Bombs explode, music swells, gunfire erupts the sound mixers sure put a lot of work into this track!’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’