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noun min·er·al \ˈmin-rəl, ˈmi-nə-\

Definition of mineral

  1. 1 :  ore

  2. 2 :  an inorganic substance (as in the ash of calcined tissue)

  3. 3 obsolete :  mine

  4. 4 :  something neither animal nor vegetable

  5. 5a :  a solid homogeneous crystalline chemical element or compound that results from the inorganic processes of nature; broadly :  any of various naturally occurring homogeneous substances (such as stone, coal, salt, sulfur, sand, petroleum, water, or natural gas) obtained usually from the groundb :  a synthetic substance having the chemical composition and crystalline form and properties of a naturally occurring mineral

  6. 6 minerals plural, British :  mineral water

Examples of mineral in a Sentence

  1. an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals

Recent Examples of mineral from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of mineral

Middle English, from Medieval Latin minerale, from neuter of mineralis

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adjective min·er·al

Definition of mineral

  1. 1 :  of or relating to minerals; also :  inorganic

  2. 2 :  impregnated with mineral substances

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Origin and Etymology of mineral

Middle English, from Medieval Latin mineralis, from minera mine, ore, from Old French minere, miniere, from mine

Other Mineralogy Terms


MINERAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mineral for English Language Learners

  • : a substance (such as quartz, coal, petroleum, salt, etc.) that is naturally formed under the ground

  • : a chemical substance (such as iron or zinc) that occurs naturally in certain foods and that is important for good health


MINERAL Defined for Kids

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noun min·er·al \ˈmi-nə-rəl, ˈmin-rəl\

Definition of mineral for Students

  1. 1 :  a naturally occurring solid substance (as diamond, gold, or quartz) that is not of plant or animal origin

  2. 2 :  a naturally occurring substance (as ore, coal, salt, or petroleum) obtained from the ground usually for humans to use


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adjective min·er·al

Definition of mineral for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to minerals a mineral deposit

  2. 2 :  containing gases or mineral salts mineral water


Medical Dictionary

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noun min·er·al \ˈmin(-ə)-rəl\

Medical Definition of mineral

  1. :  a solid homogeneous crystalline chemical element or compound that results from the inorganic processes of nature


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adjective min·er·al

Medical Definition of mineral

  1. 1:  of or relating to minerals; also :  inorganic

  2. 2:  impregnated with mineral substances



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