A mixture is, simply, the product of mixing. Sometimes, like in the case of ice cream with fudge, a mixture can turn out delicious. At other times, though, like with oil and water, a mixture just fails to jive.

A mixture is a concoction of several parts combined. In chemistry, it describes a composition made up of two or more substances that can be separated. When it comes to textiles, mixture describes fabric that consists of various yarn or materials. Note the difference between mix and mixture, though. Elements in a mix retain their unique parts even though they have been thrown together. In a mixture, elements are blended in such a way that they forfeit their individuality.

Definitions of mixture

n a collection containing a variety of sorts of things

assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety
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grab bag
an assortment of miscellaneous items
witch's brew, witches' brew, witches' broth
a fearsome mixture
a variety of different things or activities
an assortment of things from which a choice can be made
farrago, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, hotchpotch, melange, mingle-mangle, mishmash, oddments, odds and ends, omnium-gatherum, ragbag
a motley assortment of things
alphabet soup
a confusing assortment
an assortment of various samples
a range of frequencies between two limits
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients

“he drank a mixture of beer and lemonade”
concoction, intermixture
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spiced mixture of chopped raisins and apples and other ingredients with or without meat
dressing, stuffing
a mixture of seasoned ingredients used to stuff meats and vegetables
a mixture of fat and flour heated and used as a basis for sauces
a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
a flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll
mix, premix
a commercially prepared mixture of dry ingredients
a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches etc.
a commercial preparation containing most of the ingredients for a dish
self-raising flour, self-rising flour
a commercially prepared mixture of flour and salt and a leavening agent
pastry, pastry dough
a dough of flour and water and shortening
pate a choux, pouf paste, puff batter
batter for making light hollow cases to hold various fillings
turkey stuffing
stuffing for turkey
oyster dressing, oyster stuffing
stuffing made with oysters
farce, forcemeat
mixture of ground raw chicken and mushrooms with pistachios and truffles and onions and parsley and lots of butter and bound with eggs
bread dough
any of various doughs for bread
pancake batter
batter for making pancakes
fritter batter
batter for making fritters
a sweet filling made of prunes or apricots
Type of:
food product, foodstuff
a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food

n (chemistry) a substance consisting of two or more substances mixed together (not in fixed proportions and not with chemical bonding)

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alloy, metal
a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
a mixture with properties between those of a solution and fine suspension
a mixture of ingredients
mechanical mixture
a mixture whose components can be separated by mechanical means
a mixture of substances having a minimum melting point
a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
a mixture in which fine particles are suspended in a fluid where they are supported by buoyancy
freezing mixture
a mixture of substances (usually salt and ice) to obtain a temperature below the freezing point of water
Greek fire
a mixture used by Byzantine Greeks that was often shot at adversaries; catches fire when wetted
a gummy orange mixture of uranium oxides and silicates occurring naturally in the hydration and oxidation of pitchblende
lamellar mixture
a mixture in which substances occur in distinct layers
a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
a mixture of oxygen and acetylene; used to create high temperatures for cutting or welding metals
mineral jelly, petrolatum, petroleum jelly
a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication
a mixture of lime or gypsum with sand and water; hardens into a smooth solid; used to cover walls and ceilings
soda lime
a mixture of sodium and calcium hydroxides; absorbs liquids and gases
finish coat, finishing coat
the final coating of plaster applied to walls and ceilings
silver protein
a colloid preparation of protein (albumin or gelatin) and silver oxide; used in aqueous solution as an antibacterial agent
a trademarked brand of petroleum jelly
a strong solution of salt and water used for pickling
aqueous solution
a solution in water
colloidal gel, gel
a colloid in a more solid form than a sol
colloidal solution, colloidal suspension, sol
a colloid that has a continuous liquid phase in which a solid is suspended in a liquid
a suspension of insoluble particles (as plaster of Paris or lime or clay etc.) usually in water
a renewed suspension of insoluble particles after they have been precipitated
heavy metal
a metal of relatively high density (specific gravity greater than about 5) or of high relative atomic weight (especially one that is poisonous like mercury or lead)
18-karat gold
an alloy that contains 75 per cent gold
22-karat gold
an alloy that contains 87 per cent gold
(chemistry) a colloid in which both phases are liquids
oreide, oroide
alloy of copper and tin and zinc; used in imitation gold jewelry
any mixture of a soft and malleable consistency
trade name for an alloy used to make high-energy permanent magnets; contains aluminum and iron and nickel plus cobalt or copper or titanium
amalgam, dental amalgam
an alloy of mercury with another metal (usually silver) used by dentists to fill cavities in teeth; except for iron and platinum all metals dissolve in mercury and chemists refer to the resulting mercury mixtures as amalgams
fusible metal
an alloy with a low melting point and used as solder and in safety plugs and sprinkler fuses
an alloy of gold and silver
any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)
an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold
pot metal
an alloy of copper and lead used especially for making large pots
an alloy (usually of lead and tin) used when melted to join two metal surfaces
white gold
a pale alloy of gold usually with platinum or nickel or palladium
type metal
an alloy of tin and lead and antimony used to make printing type
bearing metal, white metal
an alloy (often of lead or tin base) used for bearings
Babbitt metal, babbitt
an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction
ambrosia, beebread
a mixture of nectar and pollen prepared by worker bees and fed to larvae
bleach liquor
a solution containing bleaching agents that is used to bleach textiles or paper pulp
Britannia metal
an alloy similar to pewter
buffer solution
a solution containing a buffer
an alloy based on tungsten with cobalt or nickel as a binder; used in making metal-cutting tools
a colorless syrupy solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol; used as a coating for wounds or photographic films
an alloy of iron with small amounts of carbon; widely used in construction; mechanical properties can be varied over a wide range
cheoplastic metal
any alloy that fuses at low temperatures and can be used molding artificial teeth
chlorine water
an aqueous solution of chlorine used as a bleaching agent
a mixture of decaying vegetation and manure; used as a fertilizer
conjugate, conjugate solution
a mixture of two partially miscible liquids A and B produces two conjugate solutions: one of A in B and another of B in A
copper-base alloy
any alloy whose principal component is copper
dental gold
an alloy of gold used in dentistry
a diluted solution
an aluminum-based alloy
a solution that conducts electricity
a liquid solution that results from elution
Fehling's solution
a liquid solution of copper sulfate and potassium tartrate and sodium hydroxide that is used to test for sugar in the urine; solution turns reddish when sugar is present
formalin, formol
a 10% solution of formaldehyde in water; used as a disinfectant or to preserve biological specimens
gargle, mouthwash
a medicated solution used for gargling and rinsing the mouth
extract, infusion
a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water)
injectant, injection
any solution that is injected (as into the skin)
isosmotic solution, isotonic solution
a solution having the same osmotic pressure as blood
a thin mortar that can be poured and used to fill cracks in masonry or brickwork
a nickel-base alloy with chromium and iron; used in gas-turbine blades
an alloy of iron and nickel having a low coefficient of thermal expansion; used in tuning forks and measuring tapes and other instruments
liquid bleach
a solution containing bleaching agents; used for laundry
a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing
nickel alloy, nickel-base alloy
an alloy whose main constituent is nickel
German silver, nickel silver
a silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel
parget, pargeting, pargetting
plaster used to coat outer walls and line chimneys
a lamellar mixture of cementite and ferrite formed during the cooling of austenite; a constituent of steel and cast iron
pyrophoric alloy
an alloy that emits sparks when struck or scratched with steel; used in lighter flints
a coarse plaster for the surface of external walls
a watery solution of sugars, salts, and minerals that circulates through the vascular system of a plant
shot metal
an alloy that is 98% lead and 2% arsenic; used in making small shot
silica gel
a porous form of silica that is highly absorbent
any composition having a consistency suggestive of soup
spackle, spackling compound
powder (containing gypsum plaster and glue) that when mixed with water forms a plastic paste used to fill cracks and holes in plaster
sparkle metal
matte that has 74 percent copper
primary solid solution, solid solution
a homogeneous solid that can exist over a range of component chemicals; a constituent of alloys that is formed when atoms of an element are incorporated into the crystals of a metal
sal volatile, spirits of ammonia
a solution of ammonium carbonate in ammonia water and alcohol
Gram's solution
a solution used in staining bacteria by Gram's method; consists of one part iodine and two parts potassium iodide and 300 parts water
vapor, vapour
a visible suspension in the air of particles of some substance
a very hard alloy of cobalt and chromium with cobalt as the principal ingredient; used to make cutting tools and for surfaces subject to heavy wear
sterling silver
a silver alloy with no more than 7.5% copper
a plaster now made mostly from Portland cement and sand and lime; applied while soft to cover exterior walls or surfaces
tambac, tombac, tombak
an alloy of copper and zinc (and sometimes arsenic) used to imitate gold in cheap jewelry and for gilding
a solution containing chemicals that can change the color of a photographic print
Wood's alloy, Wood's metal
a fusible alloy that is half bismuth plus lead, tin, and cadmium; melts at about 160 degrees Fahrenheit
Type of:
the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists

n an event that combines things in a mixture

“a gradual mixture of cultures”
an occurrence of an unusual mixture
an occurrence of thorough mixing
Type of:
combine, combining
an occurrence that results in things being united

n the act of mixing together

admixture, commixture, intermixture, mix, mixing
Type of:
combination, combining, compounding
the act of combining things to form a new whole

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