Webster 1913 Edition
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.
Anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral).
Of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals;
Impregnated with minerals;
inorganic acids, as sulphuric, nitric, phosphoric, hydrochloric, acids, etc., as distinguished from the–
the name usually given to azurite, when reduced to an impalpable powder for coloring purposes.–
a candle made of paraffin.–
an elastic mineral pitch, a variety of bitumen, resembling caoutchouc in elasticity and softness. See–
Chameleon mineral, under
a green carbonate of copper; malachite.–
that one of the three grand divisions of nature which embraces all inorganic objects, as distinguished from plants or animals.–
a pigment made chiefly of some natural mineral substance, as red or yellow iron ocher.–
the right of taking minerals from land.–
a salt of a mineral acid.–
a familiar name for–
hatchettite, from its fatty or spermaceti-like appearance.
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
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.
1.Impregnated with minerals or fossil matter; as mineral waters; a mineral spring.