Mineral meaning

mĭn'ər-əl
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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The definition of a mineral is anything not animal or plant life.

An example of mineral is dirt.

An example of mineral is rocks.

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A naturally occurring, homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color, and hardness.
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Any of various natural substances, as:
  • An element, such as gold or silver.
  • An organic derivative, such as coal or petroleum.
  • A substance, such as stone, sand, salt, or coal, that is extracted or obtained from the ground or water and used in economic activities.
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A substance that is neither animal nor vegetable; inorganic matter.
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An ore.
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Of or relating to minerals.

A mineral deposit.

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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.
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Impregnated with minerals.
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Any substance that is neither vegetable nor animal.
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Any element or inorganic compound needed by plants and animals for proper growth and functioning, as iron, phosphorus, or nitrate.
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Of, like, consisting of, or containing a mineral or minerals.
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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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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.
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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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(geology) Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.
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Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).
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Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.
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(Ireland, South Africa, informal) A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.
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Of, related to, or containing minerals.
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Origin of mineral

  • Middle English from Medieval Latin minerāle from neuter of minerālis pertaining to mines from Old French miniere mine from mine mine1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Medieval Latin, minera (“ore”).
    From Wiktionary