beneficiation

noun
ben·​e·​fi·​ci·​a·​tion | \ ˌbe-nə-ˌfi-shē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce beneficiation (audio) \

Definition of beneficiation

: the treatment of raw material (such as iron ore) to improve physical or chemical properties especially in preparation for smelting

Other Words from beneficiation

beneficiate \ ˌbe-​nə-​ˈfi-​shē-​ˌāt How to pronounce beneficiation (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of beneficiation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Copper mines use water for flotation beneficiation – the process of crushing ore and separating useless minerals – smelting and electro-refining. Debra Utacia Krol, The Arizona Republic, 10 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of beneficiation

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of beneficiation was circa 1881

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“Beneficiation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beneficiation. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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