Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A yellow, white, or colorless crystalline mineral of barium sulfate, BaSO4, that is used in paint and as the chief source of barium chemicals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Native barium sulphate: also called barytes and heavy-spar, because of its high specific gravity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Min.) Native sulphate of barium, a mineral occurring in transparent, colorless, white to yellow crystals (generally tabular), also in granular form, and in compact massive forms resembling marble. It has a high specific gravity, and hence is often called heavy spar. It is a common mineral in metallic veins.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy A mineral, barium sulphate, with the chemical formula BaSO4.

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

  • noun a white or colorless mineral (BaSO4); the main source of barium

Etymologies

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

[Greek barus, heavy; see gwerə- in Indo-European roots + –ite.]

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From Ancient Greek βἀρος (baros, "weight"), βαρύτης (barytes, "weight").

Examples

  • About 200 are involved in exploration, and about 40 are running mines that are producing gold, silver, lead and other minerals including barite, which is used in oil and gas exploration.

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  • About 200 are involved in exploration, and about 40 are running mines that are producing gold, silver, lead and other minerals including barite, which is used in oil and gas exploration.

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  • In this case, the loss involved the drilling mud (water and clay with dense additives such as barite or hematite) that we've all heard so much about.

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  • In this case, the loss involved the drilling mud (water and clay with dense additives such as barite or hematite) that we've all heard so much about.

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  • A spokesman for Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. confirmed that an employee, a former employee and a one-time company contractor were arrested in the Nov. 27 murder of Mariano Abarca Robledo, who had led local opposition against Blackfire's barite mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. (south of Comitan)

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

  • A spokesman for Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. confirmed that an employee, a former employee and a one-time company contractor were arrested in the Nov. 27 murder of Mariano Abarca Robledo, who had led local opposition against Blackfire's barite mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. (south of Comitan)

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

  • A spokesman for Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. confirmed that an employee, a former employee and a one-time company contractor were arrested in the Nov. 27 murder of Mariano Abarca Robledo, who had led local opposition against Blackfire's barite mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. (south of Comitan)

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

  • A spokesman for Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. confirmed that an employee, a former employee and a one-time company contractor were arrested in the Nov. 27 murder of Mariano Abarca Robledo, who had led local opposition against Blackfire's barite mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. (south of Comitan)

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

  • A spokesman for Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. confirmed that an employee, a former employee and a one-time company contractor were arrested in the Nov. 27 murder of Mariano Abarca Robledo, who had led local opposition against Blackfire's barite mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. (south of Comitan)

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

  • A spokesman for Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. confirmed that an employee, a former employee and a one-time company contractor were arrested in the Nov. 27 murder of Mariano Abarca Robledo, who had led local opposition against Blackfire's barite mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas. (south of Comitan)

    Plan Puebla-Panama. Yay or Nay?

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