mineral[min′ər əl, min′rəl]
- The definition of a mineral is anything not animal or plant life.
- An example of mineral is dirt.
- An example of mineral is rocks.
- an inorganic substance occurring naturally in the earth and having a consistent and distinctive set of physical properties (e.g., a usually crystalline structure, hardness, color, etc.) and a composition that can be expressed by a chemical formula: sometimes applied to substances in the earth of organic origin, such as coal
- any substance that is neither vegetable nor animal
- any element or inorganic compound needed by plants and animals for proper growth and functioning, as iron, phosphorus, or nitrate
- mineral water
- a flavored, carbonated soft drink
Origin of mineralOld French ; from Medieval Latin minerale, neuter of mineralis, mineral ; from minera, ore ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form mina, mine
of, like, consisting of, or containing a mineral or minerals
- A naturally occurring, homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color, and hardness.
- Any of various natural substances, as:a. An element, such as gold or silver.b. An organic derivative, such as coal or petroleum.c. A substance, such as stone, sand, salt, or coal, that is extracted or obtained from the ground or water and used in economic activities.
- A substance that is neither animal nor vegetable; inorganic matter.
- An inorganic element, such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, or zinc, that is essential to the nutrition of humans, animals, and plants.
- An ore.
- Chiefly British a. minerals Mineral water.b. A soft drink.
- Of or relating to minerals: a mineral deposit.
- Impregnated with minerals.
Origin of mineralMiddle English, from Medieval Latin minerāle, from neuter of minerālis, pertaining to mines, from Old French miniere, mine, from mine; see mine1.
- (geology) Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.
- Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).
- Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.
- (UK) Mineral water.
- (Ireland, South Africa, informal) A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.
- of, related to, or containing minerals
From Medieval Latin, minera (“ore”).