Meaning of MIST in English


/ mɪst; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun


[ U , C ] a cloud of very small drops of water in the air just above the ground, that make it difficult to see :

The hills were shrouded in mist .

Early morning mist patches will soon clear.

The origins of the story are lost in the mists of time (= forgotten because it happened such a long time ago) .

( figurative )

She gazed at the scene through a mist of tears.

—compare fog

—see also misty


[ sing. ] a fine spray of liquid, for example, from an aerosol can

■ verb


mist (sth) (up) | mist (over) when sth such as glass mists or is misted , it becomes covered with very small drops of water, so that it is impossible to see through it :

[ vn ]

The windows were misted up with condensation.

[ v ]

As he came in from the cold, his glasses misted up.


mist (sth) (up) | mist (over) if your eyes mist or sth mists them, they fill with tears :

[ v ]

Her eyes misted over as she listened to the speech.

[ vn ]

Tears misted his eyes.


[ vn ] to spray the leaves of a plant with very small drops of water



Old English , of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Greek omikhlē mist, fog.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.