Meaning of MIXTURE in English


mix ‧ ture S3 W3 /ˈmɪkstʃə $ -ər/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ mix , ↑ mixer , ↑ mixture ; verb : ↑ mix ; adjective : ↑ mixed ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: misture , from Latin mixtura , from mixtus ; ⇨ ↑ mix 1 ]

1 . [countable] a combination of two or more different things, feelings, or types of people

mixture of

The town is a mixture of the old and the new.

the mixture of different people living in the city

She felt a strange mixture of excitement and fear.

a mixture of emotions

2 . [uncountable and countable] a liquid or other substance made by mixing several substances together, especially in cooking ⇨ compound

mixture of

Fill the bread with a mixture of lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Pour the mixture into four small dishes.

3 . [countable] technical a combination of substances that are put together but do not mix with each other

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▪ mixture several different substances, ideas, qualities etc that have been put together, especially so that they form one thing:

Pour the mixture into the cake pan and bake for 50 minutes.


He looked at her with a mixture of admiration and curiosity.

▪ combination two or more different things, substances etc that are used together or work together:

Doctors use a combination of drugs to combat the disease.


The business failed due to a combination of bad management and a lack of experience.

▪ blend a mixture of two or more things, qualities, or characteristics, especially ones that combine successfully or in a pleasant way:

The England team is a good side, with a nice blend of experience and youthful energy.


The sauce uses a blend of different ingredients.

▪ a cross between something and something a mixture of very different things – used when you are describing what something looks or sounds like:

The building looked like a cross between a museum and a spaceship.


Her music sounds like a cross between the Rolling Stones and Amy Winehouse.

▪ hybrid /ˈhaɪbrəd, ˈhaɪbrɪd/ something that is produced by combining two or more things, especially using advanced scientific methods:

Scientists are combining human and animal embryos to create genetic hybrids.


These industries use a hybrid of different technologies.


The plant is a hybrid of wheat and rye.

▪ amalgam /əˈmælɡəm/ formal a mixture of different things, in which you can still recognize the original features:

The record is an amalgam of hard rock, jazz, and blues.

▪ synthesis formal something that has been made by combining different things, especially information or ideas:

The essay should be a synthesis of the information from various sources.

■ an untidy mixture

▪ jumble a lot of different things mixed together in an untidy way:

Rae looked through the jumble of old record albums and tapes.

▪ mishmash /hodgepodge informal a mixture of a lot of different things, styles etc that do not seem right together:

If you look closely at the individual buildings they are a real hodgepodge of styles.


The story is a bit of a mishmash.

■ a mxture of chemical substances

▪ compound a chemical substance that contains atoms of two or more ↑ element s :

common chemical compounds such as sodium chloride

▪ solution a liquid mixed with a solid or a gas:

a weak sugar solution

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.