Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of the same or similar nature or kind: "a tight-knit, homogeneous society” ( James Fallows).
  • adj. Uniform in structure or composition throughout.
  • adj. Mathematics Consisting of terms of the same degree or elements of the same dimension.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the same kind; alike, similar.
  • adj. Having the same composition throughout; of uniform make-up.
  • adj. in the same state of matter.
  • adj. Of which the properties of a smaller set apply to the whole; scalable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the same kind of nature; consisting of similar parts, or of elements of the like nature; -- opposed to heterogeneous
  • adj. Possessing the same number of factors of a given kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the same kind; essentially like; of the same nature: said especially of parts of one whole: opposed to heterogeneous.
  • Having parts of only one kind; composed of similar parts or congruous elements. See heterogeneous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. all of the same or similar kind or nature

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin homogeneus, from Greek homogenēs : homo-, homo- + genos, kind; see heterogeneous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin homogeneus, from Ancient Greek ὁμογενής ("of the same race, family or kind"), from ὁμός (homos, "same") + γένος (genos, "kind"). Compare homo- ("same") and -ous, adjectival suffix. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It must be noticed that Newton did not understand what we call a homogeneous spectrum; he did not produce it, and does not point out in his writings the conditions for producing it.

    The Wave Theory of Light

  • Muslims hate mosques and blow them up constantly and all the Arabs really want to live in homogeneous open-air prisons with limited access to food, water, and electricity.

    Another Iraq War Propaganda Nugget Bites the Dust « Antiwar.com Blog

  • It could also reflect the desire of blacks to live in homogeneous neighborhoods.

    I Distrust Robert Putnam, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Its primary goal is to provide future long-term homogeneous observations of temperature and precipitation that can be coupled to long-term historical observations for the detection and attribution of present and future climate change.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • And rather than resulting in homogeneous groups of producers and consumers, a great degree of specialization and diversity is achieved, allowing for a wide degree of expression and redundancy throughout the network.

    Contemplating Big Sister | FactoryCity

  • Moreover, the style of the several Tales, which will be considered in a future page (§ iii.), so far from being homogeneous is heterogeneous in the extreme.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Someone who thinks of either larger area as being homogeneous is likely to do the equivalent of writing about an Irish farm girl from Dublin; or a big-city girl from the Orkney Islands.

    Quiet Sunday

  • The reason of this is that the middle must be homogeneous, past when the extremes are past, future when they are future, coming to be when they are coming-to-be, actually existent when they are actually existent; and there cannot be a middle term homogeneous with extremes respectively past and future.

    Posterior Analytics

  • I’m not bullshitting you, I’m pretty sure most economists would admit such. there’s real data that says, we’re becoming more conservative about trusting federal government PRECISELY because we stay in homogeneous groups – tight communities of people just like us. this happens past race, past sexual orientation.

    Matthew Yglesias » Fun With Tax Deductions

  • On one hand, hindu communalism by projecting the idea of homogeneous Indian identity, selectively invoking the past.

    Archive 2007-04-01

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