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4 definitions found
 for heterogeneous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heterogeneous \Het`er*o*ge"ne*ous\, a. [Gr. ?; ? + ? race, kind;
     akin to E. kin: cf. F. h['e]t['e]rog[`e]ne.]
     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. -- Het`er*o*ge"ne*ous*ly, adv. --
     Het`er*o*ge"ne*ous*ness, n.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Heterogeneous nouns (Gram.), nouns having different genders
        in the singular and plural numbers; as, hic locus, of the
        masculine gender in the singular, and hi loci and h[ae]c
        loca, both masculine and neuter in the plural; hoc
        c[ae]lum, neuter in the singular; hi c[ae]li, masculine in
        the plural.
  
     Heterogeneous quantities (Math.), such quantities as are
        incapable of being compared together in respect to
        magnitude, and surfaces and solids.
  
     Heterogeneous surds (Math.), surds having different radical
        signs.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  heterogeneous
      adj 1: consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or
             nature; "the population of the United States is vast and
             heterogeneous" [syn: heterogeneous, heterogenous]
             [ant: homogeneous, homogenous]
      2: originating outside the body [syn: heterogenous,
         heterogeneous] [ant: autogenic, autogenous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  92 Moby Thesaurus words for "heterogeneous":
     amalgamated, ambiguous, ambivalent, amphibious, assorted, at odds,
     at variance, blended, combined, complex, composite, compound,
     compounded, conglomerate, contrary, contrasted, contrasting,
     dappled, departing, deviating, deviative, different,
     differentiated, differing, disaccordant, disagreeing, discordant,
     discrepant, discrete, discriminated, disjoined, disparate,
     dissimilar, dissonant, distinct, distinguished, divergent,
     diverging, divers, diverse, diversified, eclectic, equivocal,
     fifty-fifty, half-and-half, in disagreement, inaccordant,
     incompatible, incongruous, inconsistent, inconsonant,
     indiscriminate, inharmonious, intricate, ironic, irreconcilable,
     jumbled, many, many and various, many-sided, medley, mingled,
     miscellaneous, mixed, motley, multifaceted, multifarious,
     multinational, multiracial, of all sorts, patchy, pluralistic,
     poles apart, poles asunder, promiscuous, scrambled, separate,
     separated, several, sundry, syncretic, thrown together,
     unconformable, unequal, unlike, variant, varied, variegated,
     various, varying, widely apart, worlds apart
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  heterogeneous
  
     Composed of unrelated parts, different in kind.
  
     Often used in the context of distributed systems that may be
     running different operating systems or network protocols
     (a heterogeneous network).
  
     For examples see: interoperable database, middleware.
  
     Constrast homogeneous.
  
     (1999-05-06)
  

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