Definition of “mineral” - English Dictionary

“mineral” in British English

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mineralnoun

uk /ˈmɪn.ər.əl/ us /ˈmɪn.ər.əl/

mineraladjective

uk /ˈmɪn.ər.əl/ us /ˈmɪn.ər.əl/

(Definition of “mineral” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“mineral” in American English

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mineralnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɪn·ər·əl/

chemistry a substance that exists naturally in foods, water, or the ground, and is not a living organism

earth science A mineral is also a natural substance such as coal, gold, or diamond that is obtained from the earth by mining

(Definition of “mineral” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“mineral” in Business English

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mineralnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɪnərəl/ us

NATURAL RESOURCES a valuable or useful chemical substance that is formed naturally in the ground:

The country is rich in minerals and oil.
rare/precious minerals
mineral deposits

a chemical that your body needs to stay healthy:

A healthy diet should supply all necessary vitamins and minerals.
a mineral supplement

(Definition of “mineral” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)