Definition of Mineral

1. Noun. Solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition.

Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Specialized synonyms: Ader Wax, Earth Wax, Mineral Wax, Ozocerite, Ozokerite, Amblygonite, Amphibole, Amphibole Group, Apatite, Aragonite, Argentite, Argyrodite, Arsenopyrite, Mispickel, Asphalt, Mineral Pitch, Augite, Baddeleyite, Bastnaesite, Bastnasite, Bauxite, Beryl, Borax, Bornite, Peacock Ore, Carnallite, Cassiterite, Celestite, Cerussite, White Lead Ore, Chalcocite, Copper Glance, Chalcopyrite, Copper Pyrites, Chlorite, Chromite, Chrysoberyl, Cinnabar, Cobaltite, Halite, Rock Salt, Coltan, Columbite-tantalite, Cordierite, Corundom, Corundum, Cristobalite, Crocolite, Cryolite, Greenland Spar, Cuprite, Bitter Spar, Dolomite, Earth Color, Emery, Cobalt Bloom, Erythrite, Fergusonite, Fluor, Fluorite, Fluorspar, Gadolinite, Ytterbite, Galena, Garnet, Garnierite, Germanite, Gibbsite, Glauconite, Cadmium Sulphide, Greenockite, Gypsum, Hausmannite, Barite, Barium Sulphate, Barytes, Heavy Spar, Calamine, Hemimorphite, Ilmenite, Jadeite, Kainite, Kaolinite, Kernite, Kieserite, Cyanite, Kyanite, Langbeinite, Magnesite, Malachite, Maltha, Mineral Tar, Manganite, Meerschaum, Sepiolite, Isinglass, Mica, Millerite, Molybdenite, Monazite, Nepheline, Nephelite, Nephelinite, Columbite, Niobite, Nitrocalcite, Olivine, Olivenite, Opal, Ore, Orpiment, Iridosmine, Osmiridium, Pentlandite, Magnesia, Magnesium Oxide, Periclase, Pinite, Pollucite, Psilomelane, Fool's Gold, Iron Pyrite, Pyrite, Pyrolusite, Green Lead Ore, Pyromorphite, Pyrophyllite, Pyroxene, Magnetic Pyrites, Pyrrhotine, Pyrrhotite, Quartz, Realgar, Red Clay, Rhodochrosite, Rhodonite, Rutile, Samarskite, Sapphirine, Scheelite, Smaltite, Sodalite, Spar, Spinel, Spodumene, Stannite, Tin Pyrites, Stibnite, Strontianite, Graphic Tellurium, Sylvanite, Sylvine, Sylvite, Talc, Talcum, Tantalite, Thorite, Thortveitite, Topaz, Tourmaline, Tridymite, Turquoise, Vanadinite, Vermiculite, Idocrase, Vesuvian, Vesuvianite, Iron Manganese Tungsten, Wolframite, Wollastonite, Wulfenite, Wurtzite, Xenotime, Zeolite, Blende, Sphalerite, Zinc Blende, Zinkenite, Zircon, Zirconium Silicate
Substance meronyms: Rock, Stone

2. Adjective. Relating to minerals. "Mineral deposits"

3. Adjective. Composed of matter other than plant or animal. "The inorganic mineral world"
Similar to: Inorganic

Definition of Mineral

1. n. 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. a. Of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals; as, a mineral substance.

Definition of Mineral

1. Noun. (geology) Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties. ¹

2. Noun. Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable). ¹

3. Noun. Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral. ¹

4. Noun. (British) Mineral water. ¹

5. Noun. (Ireland informal) A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can. ¹

6. Adjective. of, related to, or containing minerals ¹

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Definition of Mineral

1. a naturally occurring inorganic substance having a characteristic set of physical properties [n -S]

Medical Definition of Mineral

1. 1. 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. A mine. 3. Anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral). Origin: F. Mineral, LL. Minerale, fr. Minera mine. See Mine. 1. Of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals; as, a mineral substance. 2. Impregnated with minerals; as, mineral waters. Mineral acids, a salt of a mineral acid. Mineral tallow, a familiar name for hatchettite, from its fatty or spermaceti-like appearance. Mineral water. See Water. Mineral wax. See Ozocerite. Mineral wool, a fibrous wool-like material, made by blowing a powerful jet of air or steam through melted slag. It is a poor conductor of heat. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mineral

miner's asthma
miner's canaries
miner's canary
miner's cat
miner's cramps
miner's disease
miner's elbow
miner's lettuce
miner's lung
miner's moss
miner's nystagmus
mineral deficiency
mineral dressing
mineral extraction
mineral fibres
mineral jelly
mineral kingdom
mineral makeup
mineral oil
mineral oils
mineral pitch
mineral processing
mineral resources
mineral right
mineral soil

Literary usage of Mineral

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings by Alabama Industrial and Scientific Society (1891)
"BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ITS mineral RESOURCES. BY WM. M. BREWER. British Columbia, with her boundaries extending from the easternmost foot-hills of the Rocky ..."

2. Science for the School and Family by Worthington Hooker (1894)
"But there are mineral liquids and gases. Mercury is a liquid mineral. Water is a liquid composed of two mineral gases, oxygen and hydrogen. ..."

3. Manual of Determinative Mineralogy with an Introduction on Blowpipe Analysis by George Jarvis Brush (1898)
"The mineral Kingdom.—Natural products are commonly divided into three kingdoms ... These are definite chemical compounds occurring in the mineral kingdom. ..."

4. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1913)
"See Mines and mineral resources; Ore deposits. mineral oils. See Petroleum. mineral resources. See Mines and mineral resources. mineral springs. ..."

5. Manual of Mineralogy and Geology by Ebenezer Emmons (1832)
"The mineral Kingdom. The mineral kingdom embraces those natural productions which are unorganized. Natural productions are obviously divisible into two ..."

6. The Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy by Royal Irish Academy (1818)
"Such, then, being the uniformity of mineral substances, the difficulty of assigning to them exclusive characters, whether taken from their composition or ..."

7. Bulletin by Ghana Geological Survey (1898)
"mineral DEPOSITS X. ECONOMIC GEOLOGY (a) Gold. ... (b) Other mineral Deposits.—The concentrates taken from streams draining the Lower ..."

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