Misty vs. Drizzle - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Drizzle

    Drizzle is a light liquid precipitation consisting of liquid water drops smaller than those of rain – generally smaller than 0.5 mm (0.02 in) in diameter. Drizzle is normally produced by low stratiform clouds and stratocumulus clouds. Precipitation rates from drizzle are on the order of a millimetre (0.04 in) per day or less at the ground. Owing to the small size of drizzle drops, under many circumstances drizzle largely evaporates before reaching the surface and so may be undetected by observers on the ground. The METAR code for drizzle is DZ and for freezing drizzle is FZDZ.

Wiktionary

  • Misty (adjective)

    Covered in mist; foggy.

    "It's very misty this morning; I can't see a thing!"

  • Misty (adjective)

    Dim; vague; obscure.

    "a misty memory of his childhood"

  • Misty (adjective)

    With tears in the eyes; dewy-eyed.

    "Her eyes grew misty the night her long-time friend passed away."

  • Drizzle (verb)

    To rain lightly; to shed slowly in minute drops or particles.

    "We had planned a picnic for Joe's birthday, but it ended up drizzling all day."

  • Drizzle (verb)

    To pour slowly and evenly, especially oil or honey in cooking.

    "The recipe says to toss the salad and then drizzle olive oil on it."

  • Drizzle (verb)

    To cover by pouring in this manner.

    "The recipe says to toss the salad and then drizzle it in olive oil."

  • Drizzle (verb)

    To urinate.

  • Drizzle (verb)

    To carry out parfilage, the process of unravelling.

  • Drizzle (noun)

    Light rain.

  • Drizzle (noun)

    . Very small, numerous, and uniformly dispersed water drops, mist, or sprinkle. Unlike fog droplets, drizzle falls to the ground. It is sometimes accompanied by low visibility and fog.

    "No longer pouring, the rain outside slowed down to a faint drizzle."

  • Drizzle (noun)

    Water.

    "Stop drinking all of my drizzle!"

  • Drizzle (noun)

    A cake onto which icing, honey or syrup has been drizzled in an artistic manner.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Misty (adjective)

    full of, covered with, or accompanied by mist

    "the evening was cold and misty"

    "the misty air above the frozen river"

  • Misty (adjective)

    (of a person's eyes) full of tears so as to blur the vision

    "it was their last night and Ruth turned her misty eyes to Fernando"

  • Misty (adjective)

    indistinct or dim in outline

    "a few misty memories"

    "a misty out-of-focus silhouette"

  • Misty (adjective)

    (of a colour) not bright; soft

    "a misty pink"

  • Drizzle (noun)

    light rain falling in very fine drops

    "Scotland will be cloudy with patchy drizzle"

    "a steady drizzle has been falling since 3 a.m"

  • Drizzle (noun)

    (in cooking) a thin stream of a liquid ingredient trickled over food

    "raw mushrooms, thinly sliced and served with lemon, a little salt, and a drizzle of olive oil"

  • Drizzle (verb)

    rain lightly

    "it's started to drizzle"

  • Drizzle (verb)

    (in cooking) trickle a thin stream of (a liquid ingredient) over food

    "drizzle the clarified butter over the top"

Webster Dictionary

  • Misty (adjective)

    Accompanied with mist; characterized by the presence of mist; obscured by, or overspread with, mist; as, a misty morning; misty weather; misty mountains; a misty atmosphere.

  • Misty (adjective)

    Obscured as if by mist; dim; obscure; clouded; as, misty sight; to peer into the misty future.

  • Drizzle (verb)

    To rain slightly in very small drops; to fall, as water from the clouds, slowly and in fine particles; as, it drizzles; drizzling drops or rain.

  • Drizzle

    To shed slowly in minute drops or particles.

  • Drizzle (noun)

    A fine rain or mist.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Misty (adjective)

    filled or abounding with fog or mist;

    "a brumous October morning"

  • Misty (adjective)

    wet with mist;

    "the misty evening"

  • Drizzle (noun)

    very light rain; stronger than mist but less than a shower

  • Drizzle (verb)

    rain lightly;

    "When it drizzles in summer, hiking can be pleasant"

  • Drizzle (verb)

    moisten with fine drops;

    "drizzle the meat with melted butter"

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