• WordNet 3.6
    • v blend mix together different elements "The colors blend well"
    • v blend combine into one "blend the nuts and raisins together","he blends in with the crowd","We don't intermingle much"
    • v blend blend or harmonize "This flavor will blend with those in your dish","This sofa won't go with the chairs"
    • n blend the act of blending components together thoroughly
    • n blend a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings "`smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'","`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'","`brunch' is a well-known portmanteau"
    • n blend an occurrence of thorough mixing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Used in art the word "sfumato" refers to the subtle blending of an outline by gradually blending one tone into another
    • n Blend A thorough mixture of one thing with another, as color, tint, etc., into another, so that it cannot be known where one ends or the other begins.
    • v. t Blend To make blind, literally or figuratively; to dazzle; to deceive.
    • v. i Blend To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other, as colors. "There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality."
    • Blend To mix or mingle together; esp. to mingle, combine, or associate so that the separate things mixed, or the line of demarcation, can not be distinguished. Hence: To confuse; to confound. "Blending the grand, the beautiful, the gay."
    • Blend To pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1899, a pharmacist named George Bunting blended his own cold cream, which, in addition to removing makeup and relieving sunburn, gained popularity for its ability to cure eczema. The product's claim of "No Eczema" led to its name, Noxzema.
    • blend To mix together in such a way that the things mixed become inseparable, or cannot easily be separated. In particular: To mix (different sorts or qualities of a commodity) in order to produce a particular brand, kind, or quality: as, to blend teas; to blend tobacco.
    • blend To cause to pass imperceptibly into one another; unite so that there shall be no perceptible line of division: as, to blend the colors of a painting.
    • blend To mix up in the mind; confound (one thing with another).
    • blend To stir up (a liquid); hence, to render turbid; figuratively, disturb.
    • blend To pollute by mixture; spoil or corrupt.
    • blend Synonyms Mix, etc. See mingle.
    • blend To mix or mingle; unite intimately so as to form a harmonious whole; unite so as to be indistinguishable.
    • blend To pass imperceptibly into each other: as, sea and sky seemed to blend.
    • n blend A mixing or mixture, as of liquids, colors, etc.: as, tea of our own blend.
    • n blend The brand, kind, or quality produced by mixing together different sorts or qualities of a commodity: as, a fine blend of tea; the finest blend of whisky.
    • blend To blind; deceive.
    • blend In biology, to exhibit or transmit to descendants the resultant or combination of resemblances to the two parents in inheritance.
    • blend In psychology, to combine in such a way that the combining qualities are thrust more or less into the background by the total impression which results from their combination; fuse.
    • n blend In psychology, a fusion; a connection of mental processes in which the constituents are forced into the background by the total impression.
    • n blend A simplified spelling of blende.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Pennsylvania: "Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes."
    • v.t Blend blend to mix together: to confound
    • v.i Blend to be mingled or mixed:—pa.p. blend′ed and blent
    • n Blend a mixture:—n. Blend′ing, the act of mingling: the process by which the fusion of paints is effected
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  • T. S. Eliot
    “For every life and every act consequence of good and evil can be shown and as in time results of many deeds are blended so good and evil in the end become confounded.”
  • Thomas Hardy
    “Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.”
  • Alfred Jarry
    Alfred Jarry
    “It is conventional to call monster any blending of dissonant elements. I call monster every original inexhaustible beauty.”
  • Philip Dormer Stanhope
    Philip Dormer Stanhope
    “Few men are of one plain, decided color; most are mixed, shaded or blended; and vary as much from different situations, as changeable silks do from different lights.”
  • Mark Twain
    “By his father he is English, by his mother he is Americanto my mind the blend which makes the perfect man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blenden, blanden, AS. blandan, to blend, mix; akin to Goth. blandan, to mix, Icel. blanda, Sw. blanda, Dan. blande, OHG. blantan, to mis; to unknown origin


In literature:

It was delightfully cool and refreshing, with a blend of fruit odour and flavour beneath the sprig of mint that floated on the top.
"Stubble" by George Looms
He crouched lower and lower, until he blended with earth and thicket and still watched.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The pulpit administrations were clear and simple, and blended with an impressive and captivating spirit.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Young ladies, you above all others should appreciate the blending of culture and Christianity.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Strain and thicken with one fourth cup each of butter and flour blended together.
"Armour's Monthly Cook Book, Volume 2, No. 12, October 1913" by Various
It is a place of many smells which, however, form a not disagreeable blend.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
Mix gently and till well blended; pour into a mould, and set on ice.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Now blend mustard with vinegar, now add molasses and catsup and pour over the beans and fill up and over the top with luke warm water.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
The game of life is one of blended chance and skill.
"The Map of Life" by William Edward Hartpole Lecky
Blend and serve hot.
"Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking" by Unknown

In poetry:

Deadly marshes,
Steaming mists of October
Here interweave their currents,
Blending for ever.
"To My Friend - Ode II" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pain with all thy throbs is blended--
Pain so dread!
Oftentimes life seems suspended
By a thread!
"My Heart" by Effie Afton
The scent of plum
With the covering snow
Is blended, so
Who one from the other
Could tell and pluck them?
"The scent of plum" by Ki no Tsurayuki
To waft the voice of praise
To Him who reigns above,
Which blends with burning lays
Of Seraph's holy love.
"Sin Of The Choral Singer" by James Avis Bartley
The rose and lily blended
Possess your cheeks so fair;
Care never was intended
To leave his furrows there.
"Don't" by James Jeffrey Roche
No sower should be careless,
For harvest much depends
Upon the well-selected seeds,
With mental soil he blends.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite

In news:

Jonathan Santlofer skillfully blends the New York art crowd and the psychopathic killer.
Sargento Natural Blends introduces three new flavor combinations , including cheddar-mozzarella, provolone-mozzarella and colby-pepper-jack.
There is a need to include harmonized definitions of biodiesel fuel (B100) and biodiesel blend (BXX) into the terminology areas of D613, D6890, D7170 and D7668.
Estate and legal planning for the new American family, tackling the current legal issues facing all types of families from traditional to blended to non-traditional.
In Land of 10,000 Loves, Stewart Van Cleve blends oral history, archival narrative, newspaper accounts, and fascinating illustrations to paint a remarkable picture of Minnesota's queer history.
Two companies promise to boost female fertility through blends of herbs.
WHAT TO CALL SEAL'S blend of symphonic dance music and mystical lyrics.
With Allegheny Arsenal explosion as background, ' Consecrated Dust' blends history and fiction.
President Obama's energy speech last week was a breathtaking blend of cluelessness and contemptuousness.
Hezekiah Jones performed in Chestnut Hill's Pastorius Park Wednesday, June 27, for a crowd that filled the natural amphitheater and enjoyed the band's eclectic blend of various styles of folk music.
A special blend of the latest bluegrass music with a touch of traditional, gospel, and live in-studio performances.
The start-up distillery in Fort Worth has just released its first stock of TX Blended Whiskey, a proud addition to the proliferating lineup of Texas boutique spirits.
1.5 ounces Buchanan's® Deluxe Blended Scotch Whisky.
"Creamy peanut butter blended with white chocolate set on a bed of fresh pecans and enrobed in either milk or dark chocolate need we say more".
A blending of cultural and religious roots for the joy of holiday season.

In science:

Abstract. A short analysis is presented of the effects on the cepheid light curve shape, i.e. on the Fourier parameters usually adopted for its description, of the blending of the stellar image with other close stars.
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids
The large surveys offered also the opportunity of discussing the problems related to blending.
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids
Mochejska et al. (2000) define the blending as the close pro jected association of a Cepheid with one or more intrinsically luminous stars, which cannot be detected within the observed point-spread function by the photometric analysis.
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids
There is some debate about the implications for the distance determination related to the blending and more generally to poor resolution of the stellar images in these galaxies.
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids
Could it be that the blending, apart from producing a lower amplitude, also mimics a different pulsation mode? Recently, we recalled that in principle such an effect on the Fourier parameters is small in the context of mode identification (Antonello et al. 2002).
The effects of blending on the light curve shape of Cepheids