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Heterogeneous

Het`er`o`ge´ne`ous
a.1.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.
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 hæc loca, both masculine and neuter in the plural; hoc cælum, neuter in the singular; hi cæli, 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.
Adj.1.heterogeneous - consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature; "the population of the United States is vast and heterogeneous"
Synonyms: heterogenous
Antonyms:
homogeneous, homogenous - all of the same or similar kind or nature; "a close-knit homogeneous group"
2.heterogeneous - originating outside the body
Synonyms: heterogenous
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.
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
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