Definition of mineral in English:
1A solid inorganic substance of natural occurrence.
- These groups are the silicate minerals, carbonate minerals, oxides, sulfides, and halides.
- The solids used include natural clays and minerals, metal oxides and sulfides, metal salts, and mixed metal oxides.
- It occurs in all kinds of minerals, such as oxides, carbonates, nitrates, sulfates, and phosphates.
1.1A substance obtained by mining.
- Traditional types of employment are farming, mining coal and other minerals, and industrial jobs.
- In Dublin last night was Arthur Knox, chairman of the Durban Insizwa Mining Company with sole rights to the mining of the mineral in South Africa.
- Three blue-chip companies have also taken a gamble and invested in a total of over eight million acres in the hope of mining platinum and other minerals at some future date.
1.2An inorganic substance needed by the human body for good health.
- It's packed with antibodies, growth hormones, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids - and clearly far too good to leave to newborn babies.
- Eat foods that provide all the requirements of nutrients, everyday vitamins, proteins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats.
- Nutrients are vitamins and minerals that regulate the body's chemical processes and functions and help to keep you fit and healthy.
2 (minerals) British (In commercial use) effervescent soft drinks.
- He said if prices on soft drinks and minerals were high, a lot of it was to do with Government VAT which was the same for both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
- Hot drinks, minerals, toasted sandwiches, snacks and confectionery are all available in the shop area at Mavericks.
- It enticed customers with finger food, beer, wine and minerals until 8pm last week at its offices on Temple Road in Blackrock.
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Of or denoting a mineral: mineral ingredients such as zinc oxide
More example sentences
- It delineates formulas for medicines and identifies the plant, animal, and mineral ingredients needed to concoct them.
- Bathing in the Dead Sea, which has a beneficial high mineral content, is one exotic alternative.
- Today's products use ingredients such as soybean oil and colloidal mineral complexes that help to keep the creatine stable for up to 12 months.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin minerale, neuter (used as a noun) of mineralis, from minera 'ore'.