heterogeneous

  • 1 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.… …

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  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

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

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  • 8 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… …

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  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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… …

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  • 12 heterogeneous — Comprising elements with various and dissimilar properties. * * * het·ero·ge·neous .het ə rə jē nē əs, .he trə , nyəs adj not uniform in structure or composition <tumors which have a heterogeneous composition by reason of structure and… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 13 heterogeneous — adj. Heterogeneous is used with these nouns: ↑collection, ↑group, ↑population …

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  • 14 heterogeneous — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. diverse, mixed, conglomerate; unlike, dissimilar. See difference, variegation. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. miscellaneous, variant, varied, nonhomogeneous, mingled, discordant, dissimilar,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 heterogeneous — het|e|ro|ge|ne|ous [ˌhetərəuˈdʒi:niəs US rou ] adj also het|e|rog|e|nous [ˌhetəˈrɔdʒənəs US ˈra: ] formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Medieval Latin; Origin: heterogeneus, from Greek, from hetero ( HETERO ) + genos type ] consisting of parts or members… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 heterogeneous — het|er|o|ge|ne|ous [ ,hetərou dʒiniəs ] adjective FORMAL consisting of many different types of people or things: America has a very heterogeneous population. ─ opposite HOMOGENEOUS …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 heterogeneous — also het.e.roge.nous adjective formal consisting of parts or members that are very different from each other: a heterogeneous collection of buildings heterogeneity noun (U) heterogeneously adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 heterogeneous — UK [ˌhetərəʊˈdʒiːnɪəs] / US [ˌhetəroʊˈdʒɪnɪəs] adjective formal consisting of many different types of people or things America has a very heterogeneous population …

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  • 19 heterogeneous —   a. comprising different parts or qualities; diverse.    ♦ heterogeneity, n.    ♦ heterogenesis, n. parthenogenesis; abiogenesis; alternation of generations.    ♦ heterogenous, a. originating elsewhere; of different origin.    ♦ heterogeny, n.… …

    Dictionary of difficult words

  • 20 heterogeneous — 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 ; mixed • heterogeneously adverb • heterogeneousness noun …

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