from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To convert to a mineral substance; petrify.
- transitive v. To transform a metal into a mineral by oxidation.
- transitive v. To impregnate with minerals.
- intransitive v. To develop or hasten mineral formation.
- intransitive v. To collect or study minerals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To convert to a mineral; to petrify
- v. To impregnate with minerals
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To transform into a mineral.
- transitive v. To impregnate with a mineral.
- transitive v. To charge or impregnate with ore.
- intransitive v. To go on an excursion for observing and collecting minerals; to mineralogize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To change from the metallic character to that of an ore.
- To go on a minoralogical excursion; make an excursion with the view of collecting minerals. Also spelled mineralise.
- To impregnate with mineral substances, as metallic salts: thus, the water of a particular spring may be spoken of as more or less strongly mineralized.
- In mining, to introduce, in solution or otherwise, a new mineral or ore into (surroundings where it did not previously exist, as, for example, into a fissure or into shattered or porous rock). The rock is then said to be mineralized.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. transform (a metal) into an ore
- v. convert into a mineral substance
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