What does mineral mean?

Definitions for mineral
ˈmɪn ər əl, ˈmɪn rəlmin·er·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mineraladjective

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

  2. mineraladjective

    relating to minerals

    "mineral elements"; "mineral deposits"

  3. mineraladjective

    composed of matter other than plant or animal

    "the inorganic mineral world"


  1. mineralnoun

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

  2. mineralnoun

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

  3. mineralnoun

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

  4. mineralnoun

    Mineral water.

  5. mineralnoun

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

  6. mineraladjective

    of, related to, or containing minerals

  7. Etymology: From Medieval Latin, minera.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Mineraladjective

    Consisting of fossile bodies.

    By experience upon bodies in any mine, a man may conjecture at the metallick or mineral ingredients of any mass found there. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

  2. MINERALnoun

    Fossile body; matter dug out of mines. All metals are minerals, but all minerals are not metals.

    Etymology: minerale, Lat.

    She did confess, she had
    For you a mortal mineral; which, being took,
    Should by the minute feed on life, and ling’ring
    By inches waste you. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    The minerals of the kingdom, of lead, iron, copper, and tin, are of great value. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Part hidden veins digg’d up, nor hath this earth
    Entrails unlike, of mineral and stone. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Minerals; nitre with vitriol; common salt with alum; and sulphur with vitriol. John Woodward.


  1. Mineral

    In geology and mineralogy, a mineral or mineral species is, broadly speaking, a solid chemical compound with a fairly well-defined chemical composition and a specific crystal structure that occurs naturally in pure form.The geological definition of mineral normally excludes compounds that occur only in living organisms. However, some minerals are often biogenic (such as calcite) or are organic compounds in the sense of chemistry (such as mellite). Moreover, living organisms often synthesize inorganic minerals (such as hydroxylapatite) that also occur in rocks. The concept of mineral is distinct from rock, which is any bulk solid geologic material that is relatively homogeneous at a large enough scale. A rock may consist of one type of mineral, or may be an aggregate of two or more different types of minerals, spacially segregated into distinct phases.Some natural solid substances without a definite crystalline structure, such as opal or obsidian, are more properly called mineraloids. If a chemical compound occurs naturally with different crystal structures, each structure is considered a different mineral species. Thus, for example, quartz and stishovite are two different minerals consisting of the same compound, silicon dioxide. The International Mineralogical Association (IMA) is the generally recognized standard body for the definition and nomenclature of mineral species. As of November 2022, the IMA recognizes 5,863 official mineral species.The chemical composition of a named mineral species may vary somewhat by the inclusion of small amounts of impurities. Specific varieties of a species sometimes have conventional or official names of their own. For example, amethyst is a purple variety of the mineral species quartz. Some mineral species can have variable proportions of two or more chemical elements that occupy equivalent positions in the mineral's structure; for example, the formula of mackinawite is given as (Fe,Ni)9S8, meaning FexNi9-xS8, where x is a variable number between 0 and 9. Sometimes a mineral with variable composition is split into separate species, more or less arbitrarily, forming a mineral group; that is the case of the silicates CaxMgyFe2-x-ySiO4, the olivine group. Besides the essential chemical composition and crystal structure, the description of a mineral species usually includes its common physical properties such as habit, hardness, lustre, diaphaneity, colour, streak, tenacity, cleavage, fracture, parting, specific gravity, magnetism, fluorescence, radioactivity, as well as its taste or smell and its reaction to acid. Minerals are classified by key chemical constituents; the two dominant systems are the Dana classification and the Strunz classification. Silicate minerals comprise approximately 90% of the Earth's crust. Other important mineral groups include the native elements, sulfides, oxides, halides, carbonates, sulfates, and phosphates.


  1. mineral

    A mineral is a naturally occurring, inorganic solid substance that has a definite chemical composition and a specific crystalline structure. It is formed through geological processes and is usually made up of specific combinations of elements. They are also classified based on properties such as hardness, luster, color, streak, and cleavage. Minerals are the building blocks of rocks and are crucial for various industrial applications and life processes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mineralverb

    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. Mineralverb

    a mine

  3. Mineralverb

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

  4. Mineraladjective

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

  5. Mineraladjective

    impregnated with minerals; as, mineral waters

  6. Etymology: [F. minral, LL. minerale, fr. minera mine. See Mine, v. i.]


  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-

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mineral

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. mineral

    A type of matter.

    Mineral can be found in caves, quarries etc & used for animals and humans.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 18, 2020  

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

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  1. manlier

  2. marline

  3. ramline

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mineral in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mineral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of mineral in a Sentence

  1. Alain Werner:

    (The case) will help to raise awareness of the pivotal role played by financial actors in the trade of mineral resources that fuel armed conflicts in Africa and elsewhere.

  2. Cynthia Sass:

    Magnesium has been shown to help alleviate depression, fatigue, and irritability, bonus : When you're feeling especially irritable during that time of the month, the mineral also helps to fight PMS symptoms, including cramps and water retention.

  3. Douglas Silver:

    While the classical mineral royalty and streaming companies are tight on funds, you're going to see private equity and other investment type groups step up to the plate.

  4. Joseph Parkes:

    The Taliban has taken power but the transition from insurgent group to national government will be far from straightforward, functional governance of the nascent mineral sector is likely many years away.

  5. The FDA:

    Miracle Mineral Solution and similar products are not FDA-approved, and ingesting these products is the same as drinking bleach.

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