- 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.
Origin of mineral
- 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
late 14c., "substance obtained by mining," from Medieval Latin minerale "something mined," noun use of neuter of mineralis "pertaining to mines," from minera "mine." Meaning "material substance that is neither animal nor vegetable" is first recorded c.1600. Modern scientific sense is from 1813.
early 15c., "neither animal nor vegetable," from Old French mineral and directly from Medieval Latin mineralis (see mineral (n.)). Mineral water (early 15c.) originally was water found in nature with some mineral substance dissolved in it.
- 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.
- 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.