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Webster 1913 Edition


Mineral

Min′er-al

,
Noun.
[F.
minéral
, LL.
minerale
, fr.
minera
mine. See
Mine
,
Verb.
I.
]
1.
An inorganic species or substance occurring in nature, having a definite chemical composition and usually a distinct crystalline form. Rocks, except certain glassy igneous forms, are either simple minerals or aggregates of minerals.
2.
A mine.
[Obs.]
Shak.
3.
Anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral).

Min′er-al

,
Adj.
1.
Of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals;
as, a
mineral
substance
.
2.
Impregnated with minerals;
as,
mineral
waters
.
Mineral acids
(Chem.)
,
inorganic acids, as sulphuric, nitric, phosphoric, hydrochloric, acids, etc., as distinguished from the
organic acids
.
Mineral blue
,
the name usually given to azurite, when reduced to an impalpable powder for coloring purposes.
Mineral candle
,
a candle made of paraffin.
Mineral caoutchouc
,
an elastic mineral pitch, a variety of bitumen, resembling caoutchouc in elasticity and softness. See
Caoutchouc
, and
Elaterite
.
Mineral chameleon
(Chem.)
See
Chameleon mineral
, under
Chameleon
.
Mineral charcoal
.
See under
Charcoal
.
Mineral cotton
.
See
Mineral wool
(below).
Mineral green
,
a green carbonate of copper; malachite.
Mineral kingdom
(Nat. Sci.)
,
that one of the three grand divisions of nature which embraces all inorganic objects, as distinguished from plants or animals.
Mineral oil
.
See
Naphtha
, and
Petroleum
.
Mineral paint
,
a pigment made chiefly of some natural mineral substance, as red or yellow iron ocher.
Mineral patch
.
See
Bitumen
, and
Asphalt
.
Mineral right
,
the right of taking minerals from land.
Mineral salt
(Chem.)
,
a salt of a mineral acid.
Mineral tallow
,
a familiar name for
hatchettite
, from its fatty or spermaceti-like appearance.
Mineral water
.
See under
Water
.
Mineral wax
.
See
Ozocerite
.
Mineral wool
,
a fibrous wool-like material, made by blowing a powerful jet of air or steam through melted slag. It is a poor conductor of heat.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mineral

MIN'ERAL

,
Noun.
[Low L. minera, a matrix or vein of metals, whence mineralia; all from mine.]
A body destitute of organization, and which naturally exists within the earth or at its surface.
Minerals were formerly divided into salts, earths, inflammables and ores; a division which serves for a general distribution, but a more scientific arrangement into classes, orders, genera, species, subspecies and varieties, has been adopted to meet the more precise views of modern mineralogists.

MIN'ERAL

,
Adj.
Pertaining to minerals; consisting of fossil substances; as the mineral kingdom.
1.
Impregnated with minerals or fossil matter; as mineral waters; a mineral spring.

Definition 2022


Mineral

Mineral

See also: mineral, minéral, and minerał

German

Noun

Mineral n (genitive Minerals or Minerales, plural Mineralien or Minerale)

  1. mineral

Declension

mineral

mineral

See also: minéral, minerał, and Mineral

English

Alternative forms

Noun

mineral (plural minerals)

  1. (geology) Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.
    • 2012 March 1, Lee A. Groat, “Gemstones”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 128:
      Although there are dozens of different types of gems, among the best known and most important are diamond, ruby and sapphire, emerald and other gem forms of the mineral beryl, chrysoberyl, tanzanite, tsavorite, topaz and jade.
  2. Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).
  3. (nutrition) Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.
  4. (Britain) Mineral water.
  5. (Ireland, South Africa, informal) A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.
  6. (obsolete) A mine or mineral deposit.

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Adjective

mineral

  1. of, related to, or containing minerals

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Catalan

Adjective

mineral m, f (masculine and feminine plural minerals)

  1. mineral

Noun

mineral m (plural minerals)

  1. mineral

Crimean Tatar

Noun

mineral

  1. mineral.

Declension

Adjective

mineral

  1. mineral.
Mineral suv = mineral water.

References

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary], Simferopol: Dolya, ISBN 966-7980-89-8

Danish

Noun

mineral n (definite singular mineralet, indefinite plural mineraler, definite plural mineralerne)

  1. a mineral

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Galician

Noun

mineral m (plural minerais)

  1. mineral

Norwegian Bokmål

Noun

mineral n (definite singular mineralet, indefinite plural mineral or mineraler, definite plural minerala or mineralene)

  1. a mineral

Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

mineral n (definite singular mineralet, indefinite plural mineral, definite plural minerala)

  1. a mineral

Portuguese

Noun

mineral m (plural minerais)

  1. (geology) mineral (naturally occurring inorganic material with characteristic physical properties)
  2. (nutrition) mineral (inorganic element essential to nutrition)

Adjective

mineral m, f (plural minerais, comparable)

  1. mineral (relating to or made of minerals)

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Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /miněraːl/
  • Hyphenation: mi‧ne‧ral

Noun

minèrāl m (Cyrillic spelling минѐра̄л)

  1. mineral

Declension


Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mi.ne̞ˈɾal/

Adjective

mineral m, f (plural minerales)

  1. mineral

Noun

mineral m (plural minerales)

  1. mineral

Swedish

Noun

mineral n

  1. mineral

Declension

Inflection of mineral 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative mineral mineralet mineraler mineralerna
Genitive minerals mineralets mineralers mineralernas