mixture

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
  1. noun
    a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
    synonyms: assortment, medley, 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
    range
    a variety of different things or activities
    selection
    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
    sampler
    an assortment of various samples
    band
    a range of frequencies between two limits
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
  2. noun
    any foodstuff made by combining different ingredients
    “he drank a mixture of beer and lemonade”
    synonyms: concoction, intermixture
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    mincemeat
    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
    roux
    a mixture of fat and flour heated and used as a basis for sauces
    batter
    a liquid or semiliquid mixture, as of flour, eggs, and milk, used in cooking
    dough
    a flour mixture stiff enough to knead or roll
    mix, premix
    a commercially prepared mixture of dry ingredients
    filling
    a food mixture used to fill pastry or sandwiches etc.
    ready-mix
    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
    lekvar
    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
  3. noun
    (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
    colloid
    a mixture with properties between those of a solution and fine suspension
    composition
    a mixture of ingredients
    mechanical mixture
    a mixture whose components can be separated by mechanical means
    eutectic
    a mixture of substances having a minimum melting point
    solution
    a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances; frequently (but not necessarily) a liquid solution
    suspension
    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
    gummite
    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
    matte
    a mixture of sulfides that forms when sulfide metal ores are smelted
    oxyacetylene
    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
    plaster
    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
    Vaseline
    a trademarked brand of petroleum jelly
    brine
    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
    slurry
    a suspension of insoluble particles (as plaster of Paris or lime or clay etc.) usually in water
    resuspension
    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
    emulsion
    (chemistry) a colloid in which both phases are liquids
    oreide, oroide
    alloy of copper and tin and zinc; used in imitation gold jewelry
    paste
    any mixture of a soft and malleable consistency
    Alnico
    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
    electrum
    an alloy of gold and silver
    pewter
    any of various alloys of tin with small amounts of other metals (especially lead)
    pinchbeck
    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
    solder
    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
    Carboloy
    an alloy based on tungsten with cobalt or nickel as a binder; used in making metal-cutting tools
    collodion
    a colorless syrupy solution of pyroxylin in ether and alcohol; used as a coating for wounds or photographic films
    steel
    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
    compost
    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
    dilution
    a diluted solution
    Duralumin
    an aluminum-based alloy
    electrolyte
    a solution that conducts electricity
    eluate
    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
    grout
    a thin mortar that can be poured and used to fill cracks in masonry or brickwork
    Inconel
    a nickel-base alloy with chromium and iron; used in gas-turbine blades
    Invar
    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
    mash
    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
    pearlite
    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
    roughcast
    a coarse plaster for the surface of external walls
    sap
    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
    soup
    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
    Stellite
    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
    stucco
    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
    toner
    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
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    substance
    the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists
  4. noun
    an event that combines things in a mixture
    “a gradual mixture of cultures”
    synonyms: mix
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    concoction
    an occurrence of an unusual mixture
    blend
    an occurrence of thorough mixing
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    combine, combining
    an occurrence that results in things being united
  5. noun
    the act of mixing together
    synonyms: admixture, commixture, intermixture, mix, mixing
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    combination, combining, compounding
    the act of combining things to form a new whole
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