Definitions for heterogeneousˌhɛt ər əˈdʒi ni əs, -ˈdʒin yəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

het•er•o•ge•ne•ousˌhɛt ər əˈdʒi ni əs, -ˈdʒin yəs(adj.)

  1. different in kind; unlike; incongruous.

  2. composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents; not homogeneous.

  3. (of a chemical mixture) composed of different substances or the same substance in different phases, as ice and water.

    Category: Chemistry

Origin of heterogeneous:

1615–25; < ML heterogeneus < Gk heterogenḗs


Princeton's WordNet

  1. heterogeneous, heterogenous(adj)

    consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

    "the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous"

  2. heterogenous, heterogeneous(adj)

    originating outside the body


  1. heterogeneous(Adjective)

    Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.

  2. heterogeneous(Adjective)

    Incommensurable because of different kinds.

  3. heterogeneous(Adjective)

    Having more than one phase (solid, liquid, gas) present in a system or process.

  4. heterogeneous(Adjective)

    Visibly consisting of different components.

  5. heterogeneous(Adjective)

    Of a network comprising different types of computers, potentially with vastly differing memory sizes, processing power and even basic underlying architecture; alternatively, of a data resource with multiple types of formats.

  6. Origin: From heterogeneus, from ἑτερογενής, from ἕτερος + γένος. Compare hetero- and -ous.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heterogeneous(adj)

    differing in kind; having unlike qualities; possessed of different characteristics; dissimilar; -- opposed to homogeneous, and said of two or more connected objects, or of a conglomerate mass, considered in respect to the parts of which it is made up

Translations for heterogeneous

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


composed of parts or elements of different kinds

a heterogeneous population; a heterogeneous class of pupils (= mixed academic levels).

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