Mist vs Overcast - What's the difference?

mist | overcast |

As verbs the difference between mist and overcast

is that mist is (to mock a work by inserting annotations) while overcast is (obsolete) to overthrow.

As a noun overcast is

(obsolete) an outcast.

As an adjective overcast is

covered with clouds; overshadowed; darkened.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia mist)


  • (uncountable) Water or other liquid finely suspended in air.
  • It was difficult to see through the morning mist .
  • (countable) A layer of fine droplets or particles.
  • There was an oily mist on the lens .
  • (figurative) Anything that dims or darkens, and obscures or intercepts vision.
  • * Dryden
  • His passion cast a mist before his sense.

    Derived terms

    * misty * mists of time * red mist


    (en verb)
  • To form mist.
  • It's misting this morning.
  • To spray fine droplets on, particularly of water.
  • I mist my tropical plants every morning.
  • To cover with a mist.
  • The lens was misted .
  • (of the eyes) To be covered by tears.
  • My eyes misted when I remembered what had happened.

    Derived terms

    * mist over


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    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An outcast.
  • A cloud covering all of the sky.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Covered with clouds; overshadowed; darkened.
  • (meteorology) The sky is said to be overcast , when it is more than 90% covered by clouds.
  • (figuratively) In a state of depression; gloomy; melancholy.
  • Verb

  • (obsolete) To overthrow.
  • To cover with cloud; to overshadow; to darken.
  • To make gloomy; to depress.
  • (obsolete) To be or become cloudy.
  • (obsolete) To transform.
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