blend

\ \ [13] Old English had a verb blendan, but it meant ‘make blind’ or ‘dazzle’. Modern English blend appears to come from blend-, the present stem of Old Norse blandamix’ (a relative of Old English blandanmix’). The ultimate source of this is not clear, but it does not seem to be restricted to Germanic (Lithuanian has the adjective blandusthick’ in relation to soup), so it may not be too far-fetched to suggest a link with blind, whose Indo-European ancestor *bhlendhos meant among other things ‘confused’.

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  • blend — /blend/, v., blended or blent, blending, n. v.t. 1. to mix smoothly and inseparably together: to blend the ingredients in a recipe. 2. to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality: Blend a little red paint with …   Universalium

  • blend — blend·er; horn·blend·ite; horn·blend·iza·tion; in·ter·blend; poly·blend; blend; …   English syllables

  • blend — [blend] noun [C] I 1) a combination of different tastes, styles, or qualities that produces an attractive or effective result a blend of modern and traditional Portuguese songs[/ex] 2) a mixture of different types of tea, coffee, alcoholic drinks …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Blend — heißt in der Grundbedeutung das Mischen, Vermischen oder Vermengen verschiedener Zutaten oder Sorten einer Substanz. Der Begriff wird in verschiedenen Bereichen verwendet: bei Whisky, siehe Blend (Whisky) für Tabakmischungen für Teemischungen bei …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • blend — /blɛnd / (say blend) verb (t) 1. to mix smoothly and inseparably together. 2. to mix (various sorts or grades) in order to obtain a particular kind or quality. 3. to prepare by such mixture. 4. to prepare (food) using a blender. –verb (i) 5. to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Blend — (bl[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blended} or {Blent} (bl[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Blending}.] [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blend — [n] composite, mix alloy, amalgam, amalgamation, brew, combination, commixture, composite, compound, concoction, fusion, interfusion, intermixture, mixture, synthesis, union; concept 432 Ant. natural element, separation blend [v1] mix amalgamate …   New thesaurus

  • blend — [blend] vt. blended or blent, blending [ME blenden < OE blendan & ON blanda, to mix < IE base * bhlendh , to glimmer indistinctly > BLIND, BLUNDER] 1. to mix or mingle (varieties of tea, tobacco, etc.), esp. so as to produce a desired… …   English World dictionary

  • Blend — Blend, v. i. To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other, as colors. [1913 Webster] There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality. Irving. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blend — Blend, n. 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blend — Blend, v. t. [AS. blendan, from blind blind. See {Blind}, a.] To make blind, literally or figuratively; to dazzle; to deceive. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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