Meaning of HOMOGENEOUS in English


| ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|jēnēəs, -nyəs, Brit sometimes -|jen- adjective

Etymology: Medieval Latin homogeneus, homogenus, from Greek homogenēs, from homo- hom- + -genēs (from genos kind, race) — more at same , kin


a. : of a similar kind or nature : comparable , equivalent

the three schools … are relatively homogeneous — B.F.Wright

b. : having no discordant elements : consistent , compatible

everything about her was homogeneous : her looks, her possessions, the way in which she dressed — Osbert Sitwell

country people … whose manners and morals were homogeneous with those of the country itself — Van Wyck Brooks


a. : of uniform structure or composition throughout

homogeneous granite

homogeneous sand deposits … laid down under steady conditions of wind — R.A.Bagnold

specifically : relating to, occurring in, or being a system that contains no internal physical boundaries

homogeneous system

homogeneous catalysis

b. : of a single type : showing no variation

bituminous coal is often treated as a homogeneous product — G.G.Somers

customary to speak of the Asian mind as though it were homogeneous — Iqbal Singh

specifically : monochromatic 2

c. : consisting of uniform elements (as of people or groups with similar background)

homogeneous nation

homogeneous community

the sound of a full consort of viols is rich and homogeneous — Robert Donington

3. : of the same mathematical degree or dimensions in every term in the symbols considered

a homogeneous equation

4. : homogenous 1

• ho·mo·ge·neous·ly adverb

• ho·mo·ge·neous·ness noun -es

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