Definitions for mineralˈmɪn ər əl, ˈmɪn rəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

min•er•alˈmɪn ər əl, ˈmɪn rəl(n.)

  1. any of a class of substances occurring in nature, usu. comprising inorganic substances, as quartz or feldspar, of definite chemical composition and usu. of definite crystal structure, but sometimes also including rocks formed by these substances as well as certain natural products of organic origin, as asphalt or coal.

    Category: Mineralogy

  2. a substance obtained by mining, as ore.

    Category: Mineralogy

  3. any substance that is neither animal nor vegetable.

  4. any of the inorganic elements, as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, or sodium, that are essential to the functioning of the human body and are obtained from foods.

    Category: Nutrition

  5. minerals,

    Category: British

    Ref: Brit. mineral water.

  6. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a mineral.

  7. containing or impregnated with minerals.

  8. neither animal nor vegetable; inorganic:

    mineral matter.

Origin of mineral:

1375–1425; late ME < MF, OF mineral < ML minerāle (n.), minerālis (adj.) =miner(a) mine, ore (see mine2) +-āle, -ālis -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mineral(adj)

    solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition

  2. mineral(adj)

    relating to minerals

    "mineral elements"; "mineral deposits"

  3. mineral(adj)

    composed of matter other than plant or animal

    "the inorganic mineral world"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mineral(noun)ˈmɪn ər əl, ˈmɪn rəl

    a natural solid substance found in the earth that is not from plants or animals

    coal, salt, and other minerals; the vitamins and minerals your body needs


  1. mineral(Noun)

    Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.

  2. mineral(Noun)

    Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).

  3. mineral(Noun)

    Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.

  4. mineral(Noun)

    Mineral water.

  5. mineral(Noun)

    A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.

  6. mineral(Adjective)

    of, related to, or containing minerals

  7. Origin: From Medieval Latin, minera.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mineral(verb)

    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

  2. Mineral(verb)

    a mine

  3. Mineral(verb)

    anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral)

  4. Mineral(adj)

    of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals; as, a mineral substance

  5. Mineral(adj)

    impregnated with minerals; as, mineral waters


  1. Mineral

    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-

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mineral' in Nouns Frequency: #1681

Anagrams of mineral

  1. marline

  2. manlier

Translations for mineral

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a substance (metals, gems, coal, salt etc) found naturally in the earth and mined

What minerals are mined in that country?; (also adjective) mineral ores.

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