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.

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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  1. Nouns Frequency

    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. Barclays Africa analyst Peter Worthington:

    For example, at current prices over half of South Africa's platinum production is unprofitable. This will likely weigh on mineral exports, eroding some of the benefit from lower oil prices.

  2. Christopher Mushohwe:

    The only area where we do not entertain negotiations is mining, because as indigenous Zimbabweans, our contribution is the (mineral) resource, in other sectors, proposals are considered case by case. We are saying to the investors, if you come, your investment is safe, but we encourage you to partner locals.

  3. Stuart Mills:

    This meteorite had an abundance of carbon in it. And as it slowly cooled down, the iron and carbon came together and formed this mineral.

  4. 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.

  5. Andrea Bergmann:

    We have always been at the forefront when it comes to finding new trends and offering innovative products to our customers. Insects present culinary variety and an interesting composition of nutrients, such as proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, mineral and fiber, we are convinced that there are many foodies and open-minded customers in Switzerland, who will try and like insects or insect products - not only as an alternative to meat but also for culinary reasons.

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