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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mist /mɪst/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Meteorologya mass of tiny drops of water, resembling fog: [uncountable]driving through mist.[countable]the mists of Avalon.
  2. a cloud of particles resembling this:[countable]a mist of perfume.
  3. something that dims or blurs:[countable]a mist of tears.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) become misty: [no object;  (+ up/over) ]His eyes misted (over) when he told us about his dead son.[+ object]The humidity misted the car window.
  2. to rain in very fine drops;
    drizzle:[no object;  it + ~]It was misting, not quite raining.
mist•i•ness, n. [uncountable]
mist•y, adj.,  -i•er, -i•est. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
mist  (mist),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Meteorologya cloudlike aggregation of minute globules of water suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface, reducing visibility to a lesser degree than fog.
  2. a cloud of particles resembling this:She sprayed a mist of perfume onto her handkerchief.
  3. something that dims, obscures, or blurs:the mist of ignorance.
  4. a haze before the eyes that dims the vision:a mist of tears.
  5. a suspension of a liquid in a gas.
  6. Winea drink of liquor served over cracked ice.
  7. Medicinea fine spray produced by a vaporizer to add moisture to the air for breathing.

v.i. 
  1. to become misty.
  2. to rain in very fine drops;
    drizzle (usually used impersonally with it as subject):It was misting when they went out for lunch.

v.t. 
  1. to make misty.
  2. Botanyto spray (plants) with a finely diffused jet of water, as a means of replacing lost moisture.
mistless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, Low German, Swedish mist; akin to Greek omíchlē fog, Russian mgla mist, Sanskrit megha cloud; (verb, verbal) Middle English misten, Old English mistian, derivative of the noun, nominal
    • 3, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  cloud. 

mist., 
  • (in prescriptions) a mixture.
    • Latin mistūra

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    mist /mɪst/ n
    1. a thin fog resulting from condensation in the air near the earth's surface
    2. such an atmospheric condition with a horizontal visibility of 1–2 kilometres
    3. a fine spray of any liquid, such as that produced by an aerosol container
    4. condensed water vapour on a surface that blurs the surface
    5. something that causes haziness or lack of clarity, such as a film of tears
    vb
    1. to cover or be covered with or as if with mist
    Etymology: Old English; related to Middle Dutch, Swedish mist, Greek omikhlē fog
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    Collocations: [buy, use] a mist humidifier, a water-mist [fountain, system, spray], [winter, dawn, morning, sea] mist, more...

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