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a mixed marriage (=between people of different races or religions)
▪ Her parents disapproved of mixed marriages.
a mixed metaphor (=the use of two different metaphors at the same time to describe something, especially in a way that seems silly or funny)
▪ In a mixed metaphor, she said ‘he stepped up to the plate and took the bull by the horns.’
a mixed reception (=when some people like something and some do not)
▪ His first novel received a mixed reception.
have mixed feelings (=have both positive and negative feelings)
▪ Her parents had mixed feelings about the marriage.
mixed ability (=at different levels)
▪ a mixed ability class
mixed ability
▪ a mixed ability group
mixed doubles
mixed economy
mixed farming
mixed grill
mixed marriage
mixed media
mixed motives
▪ He had mixed motives for joining the army: a desire to prove himself, but also the desire to get away from his family.
mixed reactions (=some positive and some negative reactions)
▪ The book met with mixed reactions.
mixed signals (=ones that are confusing because they seem to show two different things)
▪ Our culture gives girls mixed messages about food, with skinny models and fast-food commercials competing for attention.
mixed up
▪ He’s the last person I’d expect to be mixed up in something like this.
mixed/conflicting emotions (=a mixture of very different feelings)
▪ She had mixed emotions about seeing him again.
▪ I had left my East Anglian home early the previous day with very mixed feelings.
▪ The ex-Eurythmics mastermind admitted very mixed emotions over his Honorary Fellowship of Sunderland's university.
▪ Today there is a very mixed bag of public relations workers and organisations.
▪ All in all these developments have had a very mixed reception.
▪ The electricity companies were almost universally ahead in a very mixed market.
▪ In all, a very mixed package of health care measures was evolving.
▪ The results were a very mixed bag, with some of them so gloomy they refused to be quoted.
▪ Women regard the family planning programmes as a very mixed blessing.
▪ The five classes are of mixed ability and each has up to eight children of similar age and/or developmental level.
▪ I am writing a textbook for mixed ability classes in comprehensive schools based on this model.
▪ Set on Corton Cliffs high above the beach, it's a lush meadowland course ideal for mixed ability groups.
▪ One dealt with the issue of mixed ability teaching as a separate issue.
▪ Classes for dancers of differing levels of technique have therefore been dispensed in favour of mixed ability sessions.
▪ This preparation eased the way for further integration of physically handicapped children into the mixed ability secondary school.
▪ One such requirement is the need for a mixed ability philosophy which actively encourages integration in all its forms.
▪ The 17 exhibitors at the fair had bought a mixed bag of drawings, spanning centuries and price ranges.
▪ But beer-drinkers are a mixed bag these days, and so is the stuff they drink.
▪ Among this lot, the emotional trawl was a bit more of a mixed bag.
▪ Today there is a very mixed bag of public relations workers and organisations.
▪ So we have a mixed bag of destinations and holiday choices for you.
▪ The results were a very mixed bag, with some of them so gloomy they refused to be quoted.
▪ As for the current batch of fanzines, they are undeniably a mixed bag.
▪ The quarter finals also took place on Saturday and produced a mixed bag of entertainment.
▪ The disintegration of the Takeshita faction was seen as a mixed blessing for Miyazawa.
▪ Even that has been a mixed blessing.
▪ For voluntary organisations the budget was more of a mixed blessing.
▪ The sheer pace of accumulation was itself a mixed blessing.
▪ Ultraviolet light is a mixed blessing as far as living things are concerned.
▪ Carmakers view this as a mixed blessing.
▪ Significant technological advances in underwater excavation and recovery are proving a mixed blessing in the field of marine archaeology.
▪ Pedagogically the need to be much clearer about what is being taught and why is a mixed blessing.
▪ There were four competitions: men's singles, women's singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.
▪ Because I must have been noticed, I was invited by the families to play in mixed doubles.
▪ On Sunday play starts with the mixed doubles at 9am with the men's open singles starting at 10am.
▪ Among the guests, with girl-friend Babs Feltus, was some one who also knows about mixed doubles - Boris Becker.
▪ The programme's emphasis on a mixed economy also met little resistance.
▪ The managed mixed economy and a highly developed system of collective social provision were the means for achieving these values.
▪ All the same, the 1988 results give Socialist defenders of the mixed economy new ammunition to fire at would-be privatisers.
▪ What he actually offered was a vigorous defence of the mixed economy with a passing assault on Treasury investment rules.
▪ The privatization programme has been recognized as a major break with the mixed economy consensus.
▪ These programmes were founded on a comprehensive Welfare State system complemented by the demand management of an expanding mixed economy.
▪ But the idea of the mixed economy was hardly less grandiose.
▪ The Griffiths proposals were based on the further development of a mixed economy of welfare.
▪ The ex-Eurythmics mastermind admitted very mixed emotions over his Honorary Fellowship of Sunderland's university.
▪ His memories of Sarah were as strong as ever, but he thought of her with mixed emotions.
▪ She needed space and time to think, time to sort out this mess of mixed emotions.
▪ After the official closure it was with mixed emotions that we took our leave of Wadeville.
▪ It was a day of mixed emotions for a player who came up through the ranks at Ayresome Park.
▪ Recording with the Attax produced mixed emotions too.
▪ The loss of parents brings with it a whole range of mixed emotions.
▪ The teams in first and second place in the table, Oxton and Chester Boughton Hall, enjoyed mixed fortunes.
▪ Figures show how much we've grown 1992 was a year of mixed fortunes for the Food and Agriculture Division.
▪ In fact the war years were a period of mixed fortunes for cotton manufacture.
▪ Nothing else can explain his attitude to the young Greg LeMond, who had the mixed fortune of being his teammate.
▪ It was a day of mixed fortunes for husband and wife Price and Beth McConaghy.
▪ A mixed group of students would be catered for by placing greater emphasis on electives.
▪ This is another mixed group including both owner-occupiers and those who rent their homes with their business.
▪ They can be primary or special schools, mixed groups of teaching and outside agency staff.
▪ Speaking less than men in mixed groups. 6.
▪ Baste occasionally during cooking. 3 Meanwhile, mix together the mustard, olive oil, cream and mixed herbs.
▪ Add the nuts, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, mixed herbs and chilli.
▪ The main grounds appeared to be the danger which it might pose to the small Southern protestant minority by encouraging mixed marriages.
▪ There are many mixed marriages, and war has only strengthened friendships.
▪ Nehemiah's law against mixed marriages was paralleled in Athens by Pericles' legislation against foreign wives.
▪ Like the mixed marriages that were general here.
▪ The penal laws in force at the time, however, made mixed marriages difficult, if not impossible.
▪ Markers lend themselves in particular to mixed media sketching and to mixed media artwork for reproduction in print.
▪ Sally uses mixed media and is still experimenting with other materials.
▪ Josef Heman, Miner in a Landscape, 1952, mixed media.
▪ The result is a strong and challenging exhibition in which mixed media work predominates.
▪ As the next section shows, the skilful use of mixed messages leads to a range of unintended and counter-productive consequences.
▪ The division managers must find ways to explain the existence of mixed messages to themselves and to their subordinates.
▪ If discussing mixed messages would be embarrassing, then publicly testing for the validity of these explanations would be even more so.
▪ Producing mixed messages, we have seen, requires highly honed skills.
▪ The mixed messages, in turn, produce unintended, counter-productive consequences that create the incompetence.
▪ When individuals communicate mixed messages, they usually do it spontaneously and with no sign that the message is mixed.
▪ The murder suspect is described as of black or mixed race in his early 20s.
▪ Elsewhere, people of mixed race lost their monopoly of the middling-rank jobs, as they found themselves jostled from below.
▪ The seventeenth edition met with mixed reactions.
▪ As its image as an independent search for truth has changed, scientists have had mixed reactions.
Reactions to training Our evidence suggested that there had been a mixed reaction to the take-up of material designed specifically for boards.
▪ The proposal has upset residents living near the base, and met with a mixed reaction from the travellers themselves.
▪ There was a mixed reaction to the creation of the new states.
▪ There were mixed reactions to the strike.
▪ There has been a mixed reaction to the appointment.
▪ Cuisine 2000 itself, meanwhile, was enjoying a somewhat mixed reception.
▪ Crawford's performance also met with a mixed reception.
▪ Orfeo had a mixed reception, with predictable hostility on the part of Mazarin's enemies.
▪ All in all these developments have had a very mixed reception.
▪ But Penrhyn's success has met a mixed reception.
▪ When asked how beneficial the training had been there was a somewhat mixed response.
▪ These mixed results suggest that short selling restrictions are not the main cause of mispricings.
▪ The Western powers' recourse to warships yielded mixed results.
▪ Such studies have yielded mixed results.
▪ A selection of case studies was reported, illustrating the mixed results that emerge from apparently similar projects.
▪ A similar mixed result had attended the efforts of earlier canal engineers.
▪ Investigation of these predictions has yielded mixed results.
▪ Or Seafood Salad - a delicious combination of prawns, smoked salmon and crab pieces on a bed of mixed salad.
▪ Packs of sprouting beans are readily available and make a refreshing addition to mixed salads.
▪ Anders was there, supposedly supervising the preparation of an assortment of mixed salads for the buffet.
▪ Brisbane State High was a mixed school, and it wasn't only the girls who found Eva Burrows good company.
▪ Thus all members of a simple random sample of 30 pupils from a mixed school could be girls.
▪ She taught in a racially mixed school and was at pains to correct simple stereotypes and unthinking prejudices.
▪ But I am old-fashioned enough to dislike hearing it flung about in railway carriages by mixed school parties.
▪ To his great credit, my father never mixed school and home.
▪ Unfortunately, in the past girls' schools did not provide the same curriculum options as boys' schools or mixed schools.
▪ It is no coincidence that in the current recession, the big boys have been active again, though with mixed success.
▪ I have tried buying second-hand machines at auction with some mixed success.
▪ She adapted many of her novels, including the first, for the stage, with mixed success.
▪ The innovation brought only mixed success, and the small telescope has now fallen into disrepair.
▪ We don't have a spray shop here and we have had mixed success with using a local spray finisher.
▪ There was mixed success however, for a similar reintroduction project for red kites.
▪ Members of the high aristocracy took turns to rule Normandy, with mixed success.
▪ I've also enjoyed watching furniture students progress with mixed success from college to those ranks of recognised craftspeople.
a mixed blessing
▪ Staying at home with the baby has been something of a mixed blessing for Pam.
▪ The color printer is a mixed blessing - it looks good, but it takes a long time to print.
▪ But the passenger pigeon, as we now know this bird, was a mixed blessing for the Pilgrims.
▪ Even that has been a mixed blessing.
▪ For voluntary organisations the budget was more of a mixed blessing.
▪ My celebrity was a mixed blessing.
▪ Such a prestigious credit was something of a mixed blessing.
▪ Switching to College Prep was a mixed blessing.
▪ The disintegration of the Takeshita faction was seen as a mixed blessing for Miyazawa.
▪ The sheer pace of accumulation was itself a mixed blessing.
be inextricably linked/bound up/mixed etc
▪ For in fact political theories, doctrines or ideologies, and political action are inextricably bound up with each other.
▪ In her mind the murder and the attack at the Chagall museum were inextricably bound up with the secret of the Durances.
▪ It makes you understand that you are inextricably bound up with each other and that your fortunes depend on one another.
▪ Within the workplace inequality and conflict are inextricably bound up, irrespective of the relationship between particular managements and workforces.
be/get mixed up in sth
▪ A straight-laced Wall Street banker gets mixed up in one ludicrous misunderstanding after another in George Gallo's screwball comedy.
▪ Everything else about this journey is starting to get mixed up in my head.
▪ He defended me and Eddie when we got mixed up in a couple of scrapes.
▪ He had to be mixed up in the Cicero Club.
▪ Her son's got mixed up in it, probably demonstrated yesterday with the Socialists outside the Town Hall.
▪ I still do not want to get mixed up in any Indochina decision....
▪ It was nothing to do with her, and whatever it was she didn't want to be mixed up in it.
▪ We weren't going to get mixed up in a job, when we were going home off duty.
be/get mixed up with sb
▪ Answer: She would never have got mixed up with him in the first place.
▪ But this all gets mixed up with motivation too: the horse must be motivated to learn.
▪ I am beginning to get mixed up with the days of the month.
▪ It's an odd business and it seems to be mixed up with Edwin Garland's will.
▪ Of all the people you do not want to get mixed up with he is the first and the last.
▪ Then Conley got mixed up with Charlie Keating and somehow lost millions of dollars, eventually ending up bankrupt.
▪ Trust Auguste to get mixed up with it.
▪ We used to get mixed up with the fight.
mixed metaphor
▪ I have mixed metaphors for all occasions.
▪ Instances are quoted of highly contrived antithesis, of mixed metaphor and elaborate circumlocution.
▪ a mixed-race family
▪ a salad of mixed greens
▪ After beating the cake mixture, add a handful of mixed nuts.
▪ Brisbane High was a mixed school so we had plenty to distract us from our lessons.
▪ Many new step-parents will admit to having mixed emotions about their new family.
▪ One hall of residence is for men, one is for women and the third is mixed.
▪ Reactions to the announcement were somewhat mixed.
▪ The other girls had mixed feelings, some of them were happy for me but some were jealous.
▪ The show draws a mixed audience of children and adults.
▪ This is a very mixed neighborhood, both racially and socially.
▪ A geezer down in Catford once mixed smack with flour.
▪ Also, would you recommend traditional or reverse-flow undergravel filtration for a mixed set-up?
▪ Beat in the mixed dried fruit and milk and turn into the prepared can.
▪ But the College says it's now as a mixed college the Somerville can best function and encourage academic excellence in women.
▪ If the New Deal is judged by its economic success alone, then the verdict must be a mixed one.
▪ Place a plastic bag in your pot and fill with ready mixed cement.
▪ The mixed honours degrees mentioned below specifically cater for the non-vocational law student.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Mix \Mix\ (m[i^]ks), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mixed (m[i^]kst) (less properly Mixt); p. pr. & vb. n. Mixing.] [AS. miscan; akin to OHG. misken, G. mischen, Russ. mieshate, W. mysgu, Gael. measg, L. miscere, mixtum, Gr. mi`sgein, migny`nai, Skr. mi[,c]ra mixed. The English word has been influenced by L. miscere, mixtum (cf. Mixture), and even the AS. miscan may have been borrowed fr. L. miscere. Cf. Admix, Mash to bruise, Meddle.]

  1. To cause a promiscuous interpenetration of the parts of, as of two or more substances with each other, or of one substance with others; to unite or blend into one mass or compound, as by stirring together; to mingle; to blend; as, to mix flour and salt; to mix wines.

    Fair persuasions mixed with sugared words.

  2. To unite with in company; to join; to associate.

    Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people.
    --Hos. vii. 8.

  3. To form by mingling; to produce by the stirring together of ingredients; to compound of different parts.

    Hast thou no poison mixed?

    I have chosen an argument mixed of religious and civil considerations.

  4. To combine (two or more activities) within a specified or implied time frame; as, to mix studying and partying while at college.


Mixed \Mixed\, a. Formed by mixing; united; mingled; blended. See Mix, v. t. & i.

Mixed action (Law), a suit combining the properties of a real and a personal action.

Mixed angle, a mixtilineal angle.

Mixed fabric, a textile fabric composed of two or more kinds of fiber, as a poplin.

Mixed marriage, a marriage between persons of different races or religions; specifically, one between a Roman Catholic and a Protestant.

Mixed number, a whole number and a fraction taken together.

Mixed train, a railway train containing both passenger and freight cars.

Mixed voices (Mus.), voices of both males and females united in the same performance.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., from mix (n.). Mixed blessing from 1933. Mixed marriage is from 1690s (originally in a religious context; racial sense was in use by 1942 in U.S., though mixed breed in reference to mulattoes is found by 1775). Mixed bag "heterogeneous collection" is from 1936. Mixed up is from 1884 as "confused," from 1862 as "involved."\n

\nMixed drink in the modern liquor sense is recorded by 1868; the thing itself is older; Bartlett (1859) lists sixty names "given to the various compounds or mixtures of spirituous liquors and wines served up in fashionable bar rooms in the United States," all from a single advertisement. The list includes Tippe na Pecco, Moral suasion, Vox populi, Jewett's fancy, Ne plus ultra, Shambro, Virginia fancy, Stone wall, Smasher, Slingflip, Pig and whistle, Cocktail, Phlegm-cutter, Switchel flip, Tip and Ty, Ching-ching, Fiscal agent, Slip ticket, Epicure's punch.

  1. 1 Having two or more separate aspects. 2 Not completely pure, tainted or adulterated. 3 Including both male(s) and female(s). 4 Stemming from two or more races or breeds v

  2. (en-past of: mix)

  1. adj. caused to combine or unite [syn: amalgamated, intermingled, integrated]

  2. consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity); "an arrangement of assorted spring flowers"; "assorted sizes"; "miscellaneous accessories"; "a mixed program of baroque and contemporary music"; "a motley crew"; "sundry sciences commonly known as social"- I.A.Richards [syn: assorted, miscellaneous, motley, sundry(a)]

  3. involving or composed of different races; "interracial schools"; "a mixed neighborhood" [syn: interracial]


Mixed is the past tense of mix. It may also refer to:

  • Mixed breed (disambiguation), an animal whose parents are from different breeds or species
  • Mixed anomaly, in theoretical physics, an example of an anomaly
  • Mixed data sampling, an econometric model developed by Ghysels
  • Mixed Doubles (play), a 1969 play that was first performed
  • Mixed drink, see cocktail
  • Mixed feelings, ambivalence
  • Mixed forest, see Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
  • Mixed gauge, see Dual gauge
  • Mixed government, a form of government that integrated facets of democracy, oligarchy, and monarchy
  • Mixed inhibition, a combination of two different types of reversible enzyme inhibition
  • Mixed language, a language that arises when two languages are in contact
  • Mixed martial arts, a combat sport in which two competitors use different martial arts for fighting
  • Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed
  • Mixed metaphor, see Metaphor (language)
  • Mixed oxide fuel, see Nuclear reprocessing
  • Mixed reality, the merging of real world and virtual worlds
  • Mixed spices, a common sweet blend of spices
  • Mixed strategy, used in game theory economics
  • Mixtape, a home-made compilation of songs
  • Multiracial, a person who is of multiple races
  • Mixed (United Kingdom ethnicity category), an ethnicity category that has been used by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics since the 1991 Census
  • Mixed (album), a compilation album of two avant-garde jazz sessions featuring performances by the Cecil Taylor Unit and the Roswell Rudd Sextet
  • Mixed Terrain Cycle-Touring, cycling over a variety of surfaces and topography on a single route, with a single bicycle
  • Mixed anxiety-depressive disorder, a diagnostic category defining patients who suffer from both anxiety and depressive symptoms of limited and equal intensity accompanied by at least some autonomic features
  • Mixed model, a statistical model containing both fixed effects and random effects, that is mixed effects
  • Mixed train, a train that hauls both passenger and freight cars or wagons
  • Audio mixing (recorded music), the process of combining and balancing multiple sound sources
  • Mixed-sex education, e.g. as in "mixed school"
Mixed (United Kingdom ethnicity category)

Mixed is an ethnicity category that has been used by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics since the 1991 Census. Colloquially it refers to British citizens or residents whose parents are of two or more different races or ethnic backgrounds. Mixed-race people are the fastest growing ethnic group in the UK and numbered 1.25 million in the 2011 census.

Mixed (album)

Mixed is a compilation album of two avant-garde jazz sessions featuring performances by the Cecil Taylor Unit and the Roswell Rudd Sextet. The album was released on the Impulse! label in 1998 and collects three performances by Taylor with Archie Shepp, Jimmy Lyons, Henry Grimes and Sunny Murray with Ted Curson and Roswell Rudd added on one track which were originally released under Gil Evans' name on Into the Hot (1961). The remaining tracks feature Rudd with Giuseppi Logan, Lewis Worrell, Charlie Haden, Beaver Harris and Robin Kenyatta and were originally released as Everywhere (1966). Essentially these are the three Cecil Taylor tracks form the "Gil Evans album" (i.e. Evans was not meaningfully involved but Impulse had printed the album covers) teamed with Roswell Rudd's Impulse album Everywhere, in its entirety.

Usage examples of "mixed".

Their theory is confirmed by the cases in which two mixed substances occupy a greater space than either singly, especially a space equal to the conjoined extent of each: for, as they point out, in an absolute interpenetration the infusion of the one into the other would leave the occupied space exactly what it was before and, where the space occupied is not increased by the juxtaposition, they explain that some expulsion of air has made room for the incoming substance.

The two filtrates are mixed and treated with a little acetic acid, and the cobalt and nickel are then precipitated as sulphides by a current of sulphuretted hydrogen.

He opened a drawer and took out a pair of achromatic goggles and a tube of mixed colors.

Because of the acidic components present in the reaction mixture of the mixed anhydride, about five mols or equivalents of the ammo compound are required per mole or equivalent of mixed anhydride for maximal conversion of the mixed anhydride to the amide.

In determining these mixed questions of law and fact, the Court confines itself to the ultimate question as to whether the Commission acted within its power.

It had been mixed with yarrow, agrimony, willow, and elder for cleansing and magical protection.

A bomb aimer was sick in the bar after drinking whisky mixed with rum.

ASIA: You said that spirits spoke, but it was thee Sweet sister, for even now thy curved lips Tremble as if the sound were dying there Not dead PANTHEA: Alas it was Prometheus spoke Within me, and I know it must be so I mixed my own weak nature with his love .

After a marathon twenty-four hour session, utilising studios One, Two and Three as well as listening rooms 41 and 42, the huge double album was finally mixed and sequenced at 5 p.

More locks, more tools, rough chunks of metal and wood, and a number of devices whose uses Alec could not guess were mixed indiscriminately among masks, carvings, musical instruments of all descriptions, animal skulls, dried plants, fine pottery, glittering crystals-there was no rhyme or reason apparent in the arrangement.

These code values did not change, any more than the mixed alphabet of the disk did.

Thence snowy Altels and the giant Blumlisalp flashed it south along the crowding peaks and down among the Italian chestnut woods, who next sent it coursing over the rustling waves of the Adriatic and mixed it everywhere with the Mediterranean foam.

The universal practice of subsisting on a mixed diet, in which proteids are mixed with fats or amyloids, is therefore justifiable.

The ignited residue is mixed with 6 or 7 grams of anhydrous sodium carbonate.

The annals of the emperors exhibit a strong and various picture of human nature, which we should vainly seek among the mixed and doubtful characters of modern history.