mix

Definitions

General Science

  • verb to come together or put things together in order to form one mass

Commerce

  • noun an arrangement of different things together
  • verb to put different things together

Construction

  • A general term referring to the combined ingredients of concrete or mortar. Examples might be a five-bag mix, a lean mix, or a 3,000-psi mix.

Electronics

  • To combine multiple entities into one or more products. For instance, to combine two input signals to provide a single output signal, to combine multiple light beams to form a single beam, to mix two different frequencies in a non-linear device to produce two other frequencies, or to diffuse one material in another. Also, the result of such a combination.
  • To combine multiple audio input signals to form a composite signal with the desired blend. For example, to combine voices and multiple instruments for a song, or the combination of dialog, music, and effects for a soundtrack. Also, the result of such a combination. Also called audio mix, or sound mix.

Food

  • A mixture of dry ingredients to which water, milk, eggs or a combination of these is added and the result may be eaten as is, left to set, or further cooked, e.g. bread mix, soup mix, cake mix

Media Studies

  • verb to put together various different audio feeds, e.g. music and the input from a microphone, or from several microphones

Origin & History of “mix”

English originally acquired this word in the form mixt or mixed, a past participial adjective, and did not coin the new verb mix from it until the 16th century. Mixt came via Old French from Latin mixtus, the past participle of the verb miscēre ‘mix’. Derivatives of miscēre to have reached English include miscellaneous (17th c.) and promiscuous (17th c.), and its vulgar Latin descendant *misculāre ‘mix up’ has given English meddle (14th c.), medley (14th c.), and mêlée (17th c.). Miscegenation (19th c.) was coined in the USA around 1863 from miscēre and Latin genus ‘race’.
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