from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A naturally occurring, homogeneous inorganic solid substance having a definite chemical composition and characteristic crystalline structure, color, and hardness.
  • n. Any of various natural substances, as:
  • n. An element, such as gold or silver.
  • n. An organic derivative, such as coal or petroleum.
  • n. A substance, such as stone, sand, salt, or coal, that is extracted or obtained from the ground or water and used in economic activities.
  • n. A substance that is neither animal nor vegetable; inorganic matter.
  • n. An inorganic element, such as calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, or zinc, that is essential to the nutrition of humans, animals, and plants.
  • n. An ore.
  • n. Chiefly British Mineral water.
  • adj. Of or relating to minerals: a mineral deposit.
  • adj. Impregnated with minerals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any naturally occurring inorganic material that has a (more or less) definite chemical composition and characteristic physical properties.
  • n. Any inorganic material (as distinguished from animal or vegetable).
  • n. Any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition; a dietary mineral.
  • n. Mineral water.
  • n. A soft drink, particularly a single serve bottle or can.
  • adj. of, related to, or containing minerals

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to minerals; consisting of a mineral or of minerals.
  • adj. Impregnated with minerals.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A mine.
  • n. Anything which is neither animal nor vegetable, as in the most general classification of things into three kingdoms (animal, vegetable, and mineral).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any constituent of the earth's crust; more specifically, an inorganic body occurring in nature, homogeneous and having a definite chemical composition which can be expressed by a chemical formula, and further having certain distinguishing physical characters.
  • n. A mine.
  • Having the nature or character of a mineral as defined above; obtained from a mineral or minerals; belonging to the class of minerals; consisting of minerals: as, a mineral substance; the mineral kingdom.
  • Impregnated with minerals or mineral matter: as, mineral waters; a mineral spring.
  • n. In mining, ore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
  • adj. composed of matter other than plant or animal
  • adj. relating to minerals


Middle English, from Medieval Latin minerāle, from neuter of minerālis, pertaining to mines, from Old French miniere, mine, from mine; see mine1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin, minera ("ore"). (Wiktionary)



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