mineral

noun
min·er·al | \ ˈmin-rəl , ˈmi-nə- \

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

Rio Tinto Group’s Bold Baatar, head of energy and minerals, said the company will be competing with the likes of Facebook Inc. and Google for workers as mining automation increases. Thomas Biesheuvel, Bloomberg.com, "Anglo Sees Momentum on S. Africa Policy: Africa Mining Update," 5 Feb. 2018 The study, in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the rate of use of vitamin and mineral supplements stayed the same from 2004 to 2014, while the consumption of herbal cures and other nonvitamin products nearly doubled. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "A Third of Children Use Alternative Medicines," 18 June 2018 There are also many types of unique medical conditions that require vitamin or mineral supplementation, but their administration should be overseen by a personal healthcare provider. Ronald S. Litman, Philly.com, "New study on supplemental vitamins proves they're useless and a waste of money," 5 June 2018 For silkiness: Oysters, crabmeat, lean meats, tofu, and beans have loads of iron and zinc — minerals that are crucial for keeping hair smooth. Johnny Miller, Allure, "The Great-Hair Diet: What to Eat for Stronger, Healthier Hair," 30 May 2018 Popular vitamin and mineral supplements didn't provide any measurable health benefits to prevent cardiovascular disease, stroke or early death, according to a new study. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Vitamins and mineral supplements provide no cardiovascular benefits, study suggests," 29 May 2018 Researchers say the best vitamins and minerals come from the produce aisle, not a pill bottle. CBS News, "Multivitamins a waste of money for heart health, researchers say," 10 July 2018 Fish is high in many important nutrients, including high quality protein, iodine and various vitamins and minerals. Orthocincy, Cincinnati.com, "Benefits of eating fish," 19 June 2018 The end result is a creamy soup that’s low in calories, packed with fiber and chock-full of vitamins and minerals. Joan Salge Blake, BostonGlobe.com, "Fruit and veggie gadgets that can change your life," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Bloomberg Markets with Cory Johnson and Guest Host Dani Burger GUEST: Janet Lorin Higher Education Reporter Bloomberg Editorial Will discuss her mineral rights story. Bloomberg.com, "Janet Lorin on Mineral Rights (Audio)," 7 Aug. 2017 The vast, mineral-rich nation is under pressure to ensure a fair election in December amid concerns that President Joseph Kabila, in office since 2001, will try to run again or hold on to power. Washington Post, "Voting machines raise worries in Congo ahead of elections," 22 June 2018 All of these wines have savoriness in common, with herbal, mineral flavors and, in the best versions, a distinct absence of fruit flavors save for citrus. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "From the Savory Side, the Salty Carricantes of Sicily," 26 Apr. 2018 Protect yourself from harmful UV rays with these reef-safe, paraben-free, mineral sunscreen alternatives. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Sunscreens That Keep You and the Coral Reefs Safe," 22 Jan. 2018 The country sits on an estimated $6 trillion worth of mineral reserves, including iron, gold, zinc, graphite and a host of rare earth materials needed in the production of smartphones and other high tech products. James Griffiths, CNN, "After nukes and summits, can Kim Jong Un reform North Korea's economy?," 8 June 2018 Other states have allowed mineral rights to be severed from surface rights. Sara Sneath, NOLA.com, "As Louisiana's coast washes away, state cashing in on disputed oil and gas rights," 31 May 2018 The stark landscape, intense sun and dry heat result in an austere and fiercely mineral wine, whose textural thrust seems to be a vinous version of the vines' stark surroundings. Patrick Comiskey, latimes.com, "Cool white wines from hot climates," 15 May 2018 The region became the world's biggest producer of copper, and generated more mineral wealth than the California Gold Rush. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "John Carlisle: Fortitude, tradition help Finns flourish in brutal U.P.," 24 Aug. 2014

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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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mineral

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mineral

: 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

noun
min·er·al | \ ˈmi-nə-rəl , 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 \

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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