solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
relating to minerals
"mineral elements"; "mineral deposits"
composed of matter other than plant or animal
"the inorganic mineral world"
Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.
Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).
Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.
A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.
of, related to, or containing minerals
Origin: From Medieval Latin, minera.
an inorganic species or substance occurring in nature, having a definite chemical composition and usually a distinct crystalline form. Rocks, except certain glassy igneous forms, are either simple minerals or aggregates of minerals
anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral)
of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals; as, a mineral substance
impregnated with minerals; as, mineral waters
Origin: [F. minral, LL. minerale, fr. minera mine. See Mine, v. i.]
A mineral is a naturally occurring substance that is solid and stable at room temperature, representable by a chemical formula, usually abiogenic, and has an ordered atomic structure. It is different from a rock, which can be an aggregate of minerals or non-minerals, and does not have a specific chemical composition. The exact definition of a mineral is under debate, especially with respect to the requirement a valid species be abiogenic, and to a lesser extent with regards to it having an ordered atomic structure. The study of minerals is called mineralogy. There are over 4,900 known mineral species; over 4,660 of these have been approved by the International Mineralogical Association. The silicate minerals compose over 90% of the Earth's crust. The diversity and abundance of mineral species is controlled by the Earth's chemistry. Silicon and oxygen constitute approximately 75% of the Earth's crust, which translates directly into the predominance of silicate minerals. Minerals are distinguished by various chemical and physical properties. Differences in chemical composition and crystal structure distinguish various species, and these properties in turn are influenced by the mineral's geological environment of formation. Changes in the temperature, pressure, and bulk composition of a rock mass cause changes in its mineralogy; however, a rock can maintain its bulk composition, but as long as temperature and pressure change, its mineralogy can change as well.4-
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
min′ėr-al, n. an inorganic substance found in the earth or at its surface: any substance containing a metal.—adj. relating to minerals: having the nature of minerals: impregnated with minerals, as water: denoting inorganic substances.—n. Mineralisā′tion.—v.t. Min′eralise, to make into a mineral: to give the properties of a mineral to: to impregnate with mineral matter.—v.i. to collect minerals.—ns. Min′eraliser, an element that combines with a metal to form an ore, as sulphur: a volatile or other substance, as water, which facilitates the recrystallisation of rocks; Min′eralist, one versed in or employed about minerals.—adj. Mineralog′ical, pertaining to mineralogy.—adv. Mineralog′ically.—v.i. Mineral′ogise, to collect or study minerals.—ns. Mineral′ogist, one versed in mineralogy; Mineral′ogy, the science which treats of minerals: the art of describing and classifying minerals.—Mineral acids, a name applied to sulphuric, nitric, and hydrochloric acids; Mineral black, an impure carbon used as a pigment; Mineral caoutchouc, a variety of bitumen—also Elaterite; Mineral kingdom, that department of nature which comprises substances that are neither animal nor vegetable; Mineral oil, oil which is forced up or pumped from the earth, as petroleum, naphtha, &c.; Mineral salt, a salt of a mineral acid; Mineral water, the water of certain springs having the taste of various kinds of minerals, and used as medicines. [Fr.,—miner, to mine—Low L. mināre; cf. Mine.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'mineral' in Nouns Frequency: #1681
The numerical value of mineral in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of mineral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not its mineral rights.
Cigarette smoking is associated with reduced bone mineral density and increased fracture risk.
I died a mineral, and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal and I was man. Why should I fear When was I less by dying
I died a mineral, and became a plant. I died a plant and rose an animal. I died an animal and I was man. Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
The locals who wanted to get a foothold into the mining industry viewed the deceased as an outsider who had been given a license to exploit the mineral wealth on their land.
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- mineral, aigua mineralCatalan, Valencian
- minerál, nerost, minerální vodaCzech
- μέταλλο, ορυκτό, μετάλλευμα, μεταλλικό νερό, ορυκτός, μεταλλικόςGreek
- کانی, معدنی, آب معدنیPersian
- hivenaine, mineraali, mineraalivesi, mineraalinen, kivennäisvesiFinnish
- eau minérale, minéralFrench
- acqua minerale, mineraleItalian
- ミネラル, 鉱物, ミネラルウォーターJapanese
- მინერალური, მინერალიGeorgian
- ōpapa, manawa whenuaMāori
- руда, минерал, минерална водаMacedonian
- mineraalwater, delfstof, mineraalDutch
- mineralsk, mineralNorwegian Nynorsk
- mineralvann, mineral, mineralskNorwegian
- mineral, minerale, apă mineralăRomanian
- mineral, mineralisk, mineral-Swedish
- khoáng sảnVietnamese
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