adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs, from heter- + genos kind — more at kin Date: 1630 consisting of dissimilar or diverse ingredients or constituents ; mixedheterogeneously adverbheterogeneousness noun

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  • Heterogeneous — is an adjective used to describe an object or system consisting of multiple items having a large number of structural variations. It is the opposite of homogeneous , which means that an object or system consists of multiple identical items.… …   Wikipedia

  • Heterogeneous — Het er*o*ge ne*ous, a. [Gr. ?; ? + ? race, kind; akin to E. kin: cf. F. h[ e]t[ e]rog[ e]ne.] Differing in kind; having unlike qualities; possessed of different characteristics; dissimilar; opposed to homogeneous, and said of two or more… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heterogeneous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ diverse in character or content: a heterogeneous collection. DERIVATIVES heterogeneity noun heterogeneously adverb. ORIGIN from Greek heteros other + genos a kind …   English terms dictionary

  • heterogeneous — I adjective assorted, different, disparate, dissimilar, dissimilis, diverse, diversified, diversiform, diversus, incongruous, irrelative, miscellaneous, mixed, motley, multiform, nonuniform, unalike, unequal, unlike, unmatched, unrelated, variant …   Law dictionary

  • heterogeneous — 1620s, from M.L. heterogeneus, from Gk. heterogenes, from heteros different (see HETERO (Cf. hetero )) + genos kind, gender, race stock (see GENUS (Cf. genus)). Earlier in same sense was heterogeneal (c.1600) …   Etymology dictionary

  • heterogeneous — *miscellaneous, motley, promiscuous, assorted Analogous words: diverse, disparate, various, divergent, *different: mixed, mingled, commingled (see MIX): multifarious, divers (see MANY) Antonyms: homogeneous Contrasted words: uniform, identical,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • heterogeneous — [adj] assorted, miscellaneous amalgamate, composite, confused, conglomerate, contrary, contrasted, different, discordant, discrepant, disparate, dissimilar, divergent, diverse, diversified, incongruous, independent, inharmonious, jumbled, mingled …   New thesaurus

  • heterogeneous — [het΄ər ə΄jē′nē əs] adj. [ML heterogeneus < Gr heterogenēs < hetero , other, HETERO + genos, a race, kind: see GENUS] 1. differing or opposite in structure, quality, etc.; dissimilar; incongruous; foreign 2. composed of unrelated or unlike… …   English World dictionary

  • heterogeneous — [[t]he̱tərəʤi͟ːniəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A heterogeneous group consists of many different types of things or people. [FORMAL] ...a rather heterogeneous collection of studies from diverse origins. ...the heterogeneous society of today. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • heterogeneous — [ˌhɛt(ə)rə(ʊ) dʒi:nɪəs, dʒɛn ] adjective 1》 diverse in character or content. 2》 Chemistry denoting a process involving substances in different phases (solid, liquid, or gaseous): heterogeneous catalysis. Derivatives heterogeneity dʒɪ ni:ɪti,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • heterogeneous — heterogeneously, adv. heterogeneousness, n. /het euhr euh jee nee euhs, jeen yeuhs/, adj. 1. different in kind; unlike; incongruous. 2. composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents: The party was… …   Universalium

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