- An example of mineral is dirt.
- An example of mineral is rocks.
The definition of a mineral is anything not animal or plant life.
- an inorganic substance occurring naturally in the earth and having a consistent and distinctive set of physical properties (e.g., a 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
- [usually pl.] 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 mine 1.
- (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”).