[ min-er-uhl, min-ruhl ]
/ ˈmɪn ər əl, ˈmɪn rəl /
any of a class of substances occurring in nature, usually comprising inorganic substances, as quartz or feldspar, of definite chemical composition and usually of definite crystal structure, but sometimes also including rocks formed by these substances as well as certain natural products of organic origin, as asphalt or coal.
a substance obtained by mining, as ore.
(loosely) any substance that is neither animal nor vegetable.
minerals, British. mineral water.
Nutrition. any of the inorganic elements, as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, or sodium, that are essential to the functioning of the human body and are obtained from foods.
of the nature of a mineral; pertaining to a mineral or minerals.
containing or impregnated with a mineral or minerals.
neither animal nor vegetable; inorganic: mineral matter.
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Origin of mineral
OTHER WORDS FROM mineralnon·min·er·al, noun, adjectivesem·i·min·er·al, adjective
Definition for mineral (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for mineral (1 of 2)
/ (ˈmɪnərəl, ˈmɪnrəl) /
any of a class of naturally occurring solid inorganic substances with a characteristic crystalline form and a homogeneous chemical composition
any inorganic matter
any substance obtained by mining, esp a metal ore
(often plural) British short for mineral water
British a soft drink containing carbonated water and flavouringsUsual US word: soda
of, relating to, containing, or resembling minerals
Word Origin for mineral
C15: from Medieval Latin minerāle (n), from minerālis (adj); related to minera mine, ore, of uncertain origin
British Dictionary definitions for mineral (2 of 2)
mineralogy or mineralogical
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Medical definitions for mineral
[ mĭn′ər-əl ]
A naturally occurring, homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color, and hardness.
An inorganic element, such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, or zinc, that is essential to the nutrition of humans, animals, and plants.
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Scientific definitions for mineral
[ mĭn′ər-əl ]
A naturally occurring, solid, inorganic element or compound having a uniform composition and a regularly repeating internal structure. Minerals typically have a characteristic hardness and color, or range of colors, by which they can be recognized. Rocks are made up of minerals.
A natural substance of commercial value, such as iron ore, coal, or petroleum, that is obtained by mining, quarrying, or drilling.
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Cultural definitions for mineral
notes for mineral
Most minerals are crystals, like salt and diamonds.
notes for mineral
Rocks are aggregates of minerals.
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