American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A glacial or alluvial deposit of sand or gravel containing eroded particles of valuable minerals.
- n. A place where a placer deposit is washed to extract its mineral content.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who places, locates, or sets.
- n. In minning, a place where the superficial detritus is washed for gold or other valuable minerals: a word formerly in common use in California, but now nearly obsolete. Placer-minining has hardly auy other meaning in English than that of gold-washing, but it is not used in speaking of washing for gold by the hydraulic method. Washing for tin—a kind of mining not carried on in the United States—is called
- n. In ceramics, a workman in a pottery who places the unburned ware in the saggars and arranges the saggars in the kiln.
- In mining, to mine by the hydraulic process; wash out (gold) from a bank by a stream of water.
- n. One who places or arranges something.
- n. ethology, Australia, New Zealand A lamb whose mother has died and which has transferred its attachment to an object, such as a bush or rock, in the locality.
- n. mining A deposit of sand or earth in a river-bed etc. which contains particles of gold or other precious minerals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who places or sets.
- n. U.S. A deposit of earth, sand, or gravel, containing valuable mineral in particles, especially by the side of a river, or in the bed of a mountain torrent.
- n. an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral
- From American Spanish placer, from earlier placel, apparently from obsolete Portuguese placel. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, shoal, placer, from Catalan placer, shoal, from plassa, place, from Medieval Latin placea; see place. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In addition, it was accepted that some groups knew how to take advantage of any rich ores found in placer deposits in streams.”
“They then wanted to gather the gold, and Marshall threatened to shoot them if they attempted it; but these men had sense enough to know that if "placer" - gold existed at Coloma, it would also be found farther down-stream, and they gradually”
“As Dalton and I learned this morning, season six’s third-placer is every bit as level-headed off the Project Runway set.”
“Such deposits, where minerals are concentrated by their weight, are called placer deposits.”
“The second type of gold deposit is called a placer deposit.”
“When these streams slow down, the diamonds are deposited in the stream sands in what are called placer deposits.”
“Washing it from the gravel is called placer-mining; and if the gravel is deep and a powerful stream of water is required, the work is called hydraulic mining.”
“This binding slip is given to a clerk called the placer, whose duty it is to place the risk, or in other words to secure the acceptance of the insurance by some company or companies.”
“This shoal or placer, which is of the extent of 200 square leagues, is well known only to the tribe of the”
“This shoal or placer, which is of the extent of 200 square leagues, is well known only to the tribe of the Guayqueries; it is frequented by these Indians on account of its abundant fishery in calm weather.”
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