1. Visible watery vapor suspended in the atmosphere, at or near the surface of the earth; fog.

2. Coarse, watery vapor, floating or falling in visible particles, approaching the form of rain; as, Scotch mist.

3. Hence, anything which dims or darkens, and obscures or intercepts vision. "His passion cast a mist before his sense.

<botany>" (Dryden) Mist flower, a composite plant (Eupatorium coelestinum), having heart-shaped leaves, and corymbs of lavender-blue flowers. It is found in the Western and Southern United States.

Origin: AS. Mist; akin to D. & Sw. Mist, Icel. Mistr, G. Mist dung, Goth. Maihstus, AS. Migan to make water, Icel. Miga, Lith. Migla mist, Russ. Mgla, L. Mingere, meiere, to make water, gr. To make water, mist, Skr. Mih to make water, n, a mist mgha cloud. 102. Cf. Misle, Mizzle, Mixen.

(01 Mar 1998)

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