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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I am much more open-minded and less judgmental than if I had gone to a more homogeneous school.
▪ Perceptions of Labour chances remained more predictable, though they too became rather more homogeneous as the campaign came to an end.
▪ Despite his defeat, Labour is more homogeneous than it has ever been.
▪ Others see the upper middle class as being more homogeneous.
▪ In the new government of June 1983 the move to a more homogeneous Cabinet was continued.
▪ Conversely, producers in this situation tend to be a relatively homogeneous group, collegially organised.
▪ There would seem to be three points of especial significance. 1 Carers are not a homogeneous group.
▪ The poor are not a homogeneous group.
▪ Providing for exceptional and individual needs may be more costly than providing for the average needs of fairly homogeneous groups of pupils.
▪ The largest homogeneous group voting in favour was the urban middle class and that against was the rural poor.
▪ The main difficulty is that the non-business sector is not a homogeneous group of organizations.
▪ Conversely, producers in this situation tend to be a relatively homogeneous group, collegially organised.
▪ A homogeneous group of, say, Challengers is not likely to be very successful.
▪ As with other social groups informal carers are not a homogeneous group.
▪ First, we assume that there are only two industries, one producing a differentiated product and the other a homogeneous product.
▪ We take the food industry to produce a homogeneous product and manufactures to be differentiated.
▪ an ethnically homogeneous country
▪ Computers check whether each text is stylistically homogeneous.
▪ Women are not a homogeneous group.
▪ Even such popular futurists as Alvin and Heidi Toffler generally subsume women into a homogeneous, unisex future.
▪ In classifying the aim is to sort objects by their selected properties into homogeneous categories.
▪ The demand for sport is not a homogeneous demand.
▪ The world comes to appear homogeneous, isotropic, decentered.
▪ These plasma cells produce a homogeneous immunoglobulin protein which stains as a well-defined peak in the gamma region.
▪ Variables with normal distribution and homogeneous variance were compared by means of parametric tests, otherwise their non-parametric counterparts were used.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Homogeneous \Ho`mo*ge"ne*ous\, a. [Gr. ?; ? the same + ? race, kind: cf. F. homog[`e]ne. See Same, and Kin.]

  1. Of the same kind of nature; consisting of similar parts, or of elements of the like nature; -- opposed to heterogeneous; as, homogeneous particles, elements, or principles; homogeneous bodies.

  2. (Alg.) Possessing the same number of factors of a given kind; as, a homogeneous polynomial.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1640s, from Medieval Latin homogeneus, from Greek homogenes "of the same kind," from homos "same" (see homo- (1)) + genos "kind, gender, race, stock" (see genus). Earlier in this sense was homogeneal (c.1600).


a. 1 Of the same kind; alike, similar. 2 Having the same composition throughout; of uniform make-up. 3 (context chemistry English) in the same state of matter. 4 (context mathematics English) Of which the properties of a smaller set apply to the whole; scalable. 5 (context proscribed English) (alternative form of homogenous English)


adj. all of the same or similar kind or nature; "a close-knit homogeneous group" [syn: homogenous] [ant: heterogeneous]

Homogeneous (large cardinal property)

In set theory and in the context of a large cardinal property, a subset, S, of D is homogeneous for a function f if for some natural number n, P(D) (see Powerset#Subsets of limited cardinality) is the domain of f and for some element r of the range of f, every member of P(S) is mapped to r. That is, f is constant on the unordered n-tuples of elements of S.

Usage examples of "homogeneous".

Let us ask the astronomers who originate cosmogonical hypotheses, and invent a primitive nebula, the natural philosophers who dream that by the deterioration of energy and the dissipation of movement the material world will obtain final rest in the inertia of a homogeneous equilibrium, let us ask the biologists and psychologists who are enemies of fixed species and inquisitive about ancestral history.

Positive science, we are told, presents the universe to us as an immense homogeneous transformation, maintaining an exact equivalence between departure and arrival.

Above all, let us strive to disengage ourselves from homogeneous space, this substratum of fixity, this arbitrary scheme of measurement and division, which, to our greater advantage, subtends the natural, qualitative, and undivided extension of images.

This is in itself an undesirable simplification, for it is impossible to reconstitute the infinity of real shades by combinations of fundamental colours each representing the homogeneous shore, which each region of the spectrum finally becomes.

Everywhere, when it theorises, it tends to establish static relations between composing unities which form a homogeneous and disconnected multiplicity.

All change is revealed in the light of immediate intuition, not as a numerical series of states, but a rhythm of phases, each of which constitutes an indivisible act, in such a way that each change has its natural inner articulations, forbidding us to break it up according to arbitrary laws, like a homogeneous length.

Is not this what is emphasised by the perpetual employment of mechanical images and vulgar engineering metaphors, the least fault of which is to suppose a homogeneous time, and a motionless theatre of change which is at bottom only space?

On the one hand, we have mechanism, repetition, inertia, constants, and invariants: the play of the material world, from the point of view of quantity, offers us the aspect of an immense transformation without gain or loss, a homogeneous transformation tending to maintain in itself an exact equivalence between the departure and arrival point.

And if disconnections and abrupt leaps are visible in the economy of the past--from matter to life, from the animal to man--we have no authority again for claiming that we cannot observe today something analogous in the very essence of human life, that the point of view of the flesh, and the point of view of the spirit, the point of view of reason, and the point of view of charity are a homogeneous extension of it.

Beautiful expanses of metal and plastic, each enclosed in seductively homogeneous chitin of earth tones and ochers, formed a ring around the room as secret and monolithic as Stonehenge.

But, on the other hand, the assumption that men are unclassifiable, because practically homogeneous, which underlies modern democratic methods and all the fallacies of our equal justice, is even more alien to the Utopian mind.

If the tentacles of a young, yet fully matured leaf, that has never been excited or become inflected, be examined, the cells forming the pedicels are seen to be filled with homogeneous, purple fluid.

The cells, instead of being filled with homogeneous purple fluid, now contain variously shaped masses of purple matter, suspended in a colourless or almost colourless fluid.

Shortly after the tentacles have reexpanded, the little masses of protoplasm are all redissolved, and the purple fluid within the cells becomes as homogeneous and transparent as it was at first.

Having examined a leaf in water, and found the contents of the cells homogeneous, I placed it in a few drops of a solution of one part of the carbonate to 437 of water, and attended to the cells immediately beneath the glands, but did not use a very high power.