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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.

    Etymology: From Medieval Latin, minera.

  2. mineralnoun

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

    Etymology: From Medieval Latin, minera.

  3. mineralnoun

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

    Etymology: From Medieval Latin, minera.

  4. mineralnoun

    Mineral water.

    Etymology: From Medieval Latin, minera.

  5. mineralnoun

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

    Etymology: From Medieval Latin, minera.

  6. mineraladjective

    of, related to, or containing minerals

    Etymology: From Medieval Latin, minera.

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

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

  2. Mineralverb

    a mine

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

  3. Mineralverb

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

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

  4. Mineraladjective

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

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

  5. Mineraladjective

    impregnated with minerals; as, mineral waters

    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. marline

  2. manlier

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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. The St. John:

    We tested chemical reagents, organic solvents, mineral abrasives, we tried trying to shoot crushed-up dry ice at the stone under high pressure.

  2. 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.

  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. Jason Metrokin:

    We're not opposed to mineral extraction, but salmon must always come first.

  5. 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.

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