Definition of Soapstone

1. Noun. A soft heavy compact variety of talc having a soapy feel; used to make hearths and tabletops and ornaments.

Exact synonyms: Soap-rock, Soaprock, Steatite
Generic synonyms: Talc, Talcum



Definition of Soapstone

1. n. See Steatite, and Talc.

Definition of Soapstone

1. Noun. (geology) a soft rock, rich in talc, also containing serpentine and either magnetite, dolomite or calcite ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Soapstone

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Medical Definition of Soapstone

1. A soft mineral of a soapy feel and a greenish, whitish, or grayish colour, usually occurring in foliated masses. It is hydrous silicate of magnesia. Steatite, or soapstone, is a compact granular variety. Indurated talc, an impure, slaty talc, with a nearly compact texture, and greater hardness than common talc. Synonym: talc slate. Origin: F. Talc; cf. Sp. & It. Talco, LL. Talcus; all fr. Ar. Talq. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Soapstone

soapings
soapland
soaplands
soapless
soaplessly
soaplessness
soaplike
soapmaking
soaprock
soaproot
soaproots
soaps
soapstar
soapstock
soapstocks
soapstone (current term)
soapstones
soapsuds
soapsuds enema
soapsudsy
soapweed
soapwood
soapwoods
soapwort
soapwort gentian
soapworts
soapy
soapy warm soaks
soar
soar up

Literary usage of Soapstone

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1. Mineral Resources of Virginia by Thomas Leonard Watson, Ray Smith Bassler, Heinrich Ries, Roy Jay Holden (1907)
"The mill of the Albemarle soapstone Company, located 4 miles southeast of North ... soapstone is one of the most durable of rocks, but. on account of its ..."

2. The Mineral Industry by Richard Pennefather Rothwell (1922)
"TALC AND soapstone BY FREDERICK B. PECK The talc industry in 1921 experienced a ... (6) Talc and soapstone combined. The statistics of talc and soapstone ..."

3. The Mineral Industry by Richard Pennefather Rothwell (1915)
"TALC AND soapstone BY FREDERICK B. PECK In the preceding volume of this publication the chemical composition, mode of occurrence, origin, and uses of talc ..."

4. The University Geological Survey of Kansas by Erasmus Haworth, Kansas Geological Survey (1904)
"Black limestone with pyrites of iron, 1 " White soapstone 9,: Slate, getting darker from first to last 60 1 " Dark soapstone 38 i Slate with a little ..."

5. Mineral Deposits by Waldemar Lindgren (1919)
"The more compact, as well as some impure varieties, are usually called soapstone; they may contain shreds of chlorite and other ferromagnesian minerals, ..."

6. The Mineral Industry by Richard Pennefather Rothwell (1902)
"Talc and soapstone.—The bulk of the Virginia output of soapstone is ... There was a large increase in the output of pyrophyllite soapstone from Moore County ..."

7. State Geological Survey of Kansas. [Reports] by Kansas Geological Survey (1904)
"Dark slate, first surface water 3 ' Limestone 12 soapstone with more water, 6 ' Black slate 4 ; " Black limestone with pyrites of iron, ..."

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