heterogeneous[het′ər ə′jē′nē əs]
- The definition of heterogeneous is having diverse ingredients or parts.
An example of heterogeneous is a classroom made up of students from all different backgrounds.
- differing or opposite in structure, quality, etc.; dissimilar; incongruous; foreign
- composed of unrelated or unlike elements or parts; varied; miscellaneous
Origin of heterogeneousMedieval Latin heterogeneus ; from Classical Greek heterogenēs ; from hetero-, other, hetero- + genos, a race, kind: see genus
- also het·er·og·e·nous Consisting of dissimilar elements or parts; not homogeneous. See Synonyms at miscellaneous.
Origin of heterogeneousFrom Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Greek heterogenēs : hetero-, hetero- + genos, kind, race; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more heterogeneous, superlative most heterogeneous)
- Diverse in kind or nature; composed of diverse parts.
- (mathematics) Incommensurable because of different kinds.
- (physics) Having more than one phase (solid, liquid, gas) present in a system or process.
- (chemistry) Visibly consisting of different components.
- (computing) 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.
From Medieval Latin heterogeneus, from Ancient Greek ἑτερογενής (heterogenēs, “of different kinds”), from ἕτερος (heteros, “other, another, different”) + γένος (genos, “kind”). Compare hetero- and -ous.