mineral

noun
min·​er·​al | \ ˈmin-rəl, ˈmi-nə- How to pronounce mineral (audio) \

Definition of mineral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : ore
2 : an inorganic substance (as in the ash of calcined tissue)
3 obsolete : mine
4 : something neither animal nor vegetable
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 ground
b : a synthetic substance having the chemical composition and crystalline form and properties of a naturally occurring mineral
6 minerals plural, British : mineral water

mineral

adjective

Definition of mineral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to minerals also : inorganic
2 : impregnated with mineral substances

Examples of mineral in a Sentence

Noun an adequate supply of vitamins and minerals
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Roman Opimakh, director general of the Ukrainian Geological Survey, said the government is still assessing the war’s impact on its mineral resources. Dalton Bennett, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2022 In the case of sunscreen, the formula contains oils that can leave grease stains on clothing, plus a more difficult stain type: mineral stains. Jolie Kerr, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 The collective retreat comes as Bolsonaro insists Indigenous territories contain mineral resources vital to bringing prosperity to both the nation and native peoples. Fabiano Maisonnave, ajc, 20 May 2022 Keeping the toilet clean is also easy, thanks to the skirted trap way and surface treatment that helps inhibit the growth of water scale and mineral stains. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 17 May 2022 That allows exploration teams to better understand the structural configuration of the overall ore deposit, which opens new avenues in the search for mineral resources. Matthieu Gombeaud, Fortune, 6 May 2022 Years of water seeping into the walls from outside had left long white mineral stains, giving the appearance of a cave’s interior. New York Times, 2 Jan. 2022 Protesters on Wednesday blocked roads outside the local headquarters of the United Nations peacekeeping mission, known by its French acronym Monusco, in the town of Uvira in the mineral-rich South Kivu province. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, 27 July 2022 Despite focusing its war effort on the mineral-rich Donbas region, Russia has only gained six to 10 miles of Ukrainian territory since April, Milley said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 20 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pentagon officials said that meant Russia might not be able to make similar gains in neighboring Donetsk, which along with Luhansk forms the mineral-rich region of Donbas. New York Times, 21 June 2022 Sunscreen is a must in every beach bag, and this mineral broad-spectrum SPF 50 lotion has a reef-safe formula that’s water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 There are also mineral pigments to soothe and soften lashes, as well as carnauba wax to guarantee it applies smoothly. Celia Shatzman, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 This can negatively impact water quality and local habitats, and the chemicals contained in this type of grass fertilizer can contribute to mineral depletion in your soil, waterway pollution, and air pollution. Samantha Jones, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 May 2022 Eco-friendly and mineral-rich scrubbing granules in the form of bamboo powder help to unclog pores, prevent ingrown hairs, and minimize shaving irritation. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 May 2022 From natural, mineral rich hot springs to rooftop yoga overlooking the majestic mountains—there are no shortage of activities for the wellness seeker. Anna Haines, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 This unscented, paraben-free, mineral-oil-free and silicone-free scrub works for all types of skin, whether oily, dry, combination or sensitive. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 Those terms, while not unheard-of, were generous to Mr. Manchin, said Stefanie Hines, a lawyer who teaches at West Virginia University and specializes in mineral rights. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mineral

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mineral

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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13 Aug 2022

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mineral

noun
min·​er·​al | \ ˈmi-nə-rəl How to pronounce mineral (audio) , ˈmin-rəl \

Kids Definition of mineral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a naturally occurring solid substance (as diamond, gold, or quartz) that is not of plant or animal origin
2 : a naturally occurring substance (as ore, coal, salt, or petroleum) obtained from the ground usually for humans to use

mineral

adjective

Kids Definition of mineral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to minerals a mineral deposit
2 : containing gases or mineral salts mineral water

mineral

noun
min·​er·​al | \ ˈmin(-ə)-rəl How to pronounce mineral (audio) \

Medical Definition of mineral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

mineral

adjective

Medical Definition of mineral (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to minerals also : inorganic
2 : impregnated with mineral substances

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