What does heterogeneous mean?

Definitions for heterogeneousˌhɛt ər əˈdʒi ni əs, -ˈdʒin yəs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word heterogeneous.

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

  2. Origin: [Gr. ; + race, kind; akin to E. kin: cf. F. htrogne.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Heterogeneous

    het-er-o-jē′ne-us, adj. of another race or kind: dissimilar: composed of different kinds or parts—also Heterogēn′eal (rare):—opposed to Homogeneous.—ns. Heterogenē′ity, Heterogēn′eousness.—adv. Heterogēn′eously. [Gr. heterogenēsheteros, other, genos, a kind.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of heterogeneous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of heterogeneous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Markus Schranner:

    The startup scene for me is a very heterogeneous group of people who are intrinsically motivated to change the status quo.

  2. Tommaso Aquilano:

    Now fashion has to be very eclectic, heterogeneous, we now need clothes that can be used in between autumn/winter and spring/summer.

  3. Suma Chakrabarti:

    I myself feel we have a huge task already, we have 36 countries of operation (where it invests) and they are very heterogeneous. I think we need to focus, therefore, the efforts (of staff) fully on delivering within the existing set of countries.

  4. Karen Parker:

    Autism is very heterogeneous— it’s very complicated, one of the things we’re really hopeful in doing these studies is asking, ‘Can we streamline this complexity of disorders by understanding the biological substrates that may vary across kids?’.

  5. Subha Madhavan:

    The irony of individualized treatment for one patient is that we have to manage billions of bits of information from thousands of others, the selection of a precise cancer therapy based on a patient's molecular profile requires computer-assisted analysis of enormous molecular, clinical, patient history, and pharmacological datasets that often come from very disparate and heterogeneous data sources.

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