Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Mineralization noun [ Confer French minéralisation .]
1. The process of mineralizing, or forming a mineral by combination of a metal with another element; also, the process of converting into a mineral, as a bone or a plant. 2. The act of impregnating with a mineral, as water. 3. (Botany) The conversion of a cell wall into a material of a stony nature.
Mineralize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mineralized
; present participle & verbal noun Mineralizing
.] [ Confer French minéraliser
.] 1. To transform into a mineral.
In these caverns the bones are not mineralized . Buckland. 2. To impregnate with a mineral; as, mineralized water.
Mineralize intransitive verb To go on an excursion for observing and collecting minerals; to mineralogize.
Mineralize transitive verb To charge or impregnate with ore.
Mineralizer noun An element which is combined with a metal, thus forming an ore. Thus, in galena, or lead ore, sulphur is a mineralizer ; in hematite, oxygen is a mineralizer .
[ Confer French minéralogique
. See Mineralogy
.] Of or pertaining to mineralogy; as, a mineralogical table.
Mineralogically adverb According to the principles of, or with reference to, mineralogy.
Mineralogist noun [ Confer French minéralogiste .]
1. One versed in mineralogy; one devoted to the study of minerals. 2. (Zoology) A carrier shell ( Phorus ).
Mineralogize intransitive verb To study mineralogy by collecting and examining minerals. Miss Edgeworth.
; plural Mineralogies
. [ Mineral
: confer French minéralogie
.] 1. The science which treats of minerals, and teaches how to describe, distinguish, and classify them. 2. A treatise or book on this science.
Minerva noun [ Latin ] (Rom. Myth.) The goddess of wisdom, of war, of the arts and sciences, of poetry, and of spinning and weaving; -- identified with the Grecian Pallas Athene.
Minette noun The smallest of regular sizes of portrait photographs.
Minge transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon myngian ; akin to English mind .] To mingle; to mix. [ Obsolete]
Minge noun [ Prob. corrupt. from midge .] (Zoology) A small biting fly; a midge. [ Local, U. S.]
Mingle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Mingled
; present participle & verbal noun Mingling
.] [ From Middle English mengen
, Anglo-Saxon mengan
; akin to D. & German mengen
, Icelandic menga
, also to English among
, and possibly to mix
. Confer Among
.] 1. To mix; intermix; to combine or join, as an individual or part, with other parts, but commonly so as to be distinguishable in the product; to confuse; to confound.
There was . . . fire mingled with the hail. Ex. ix. 24. 2. To associate or unite in society or by ties of relationship; to cause or allow to intermarry; to intermarry.
The holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands. Ezra ix. 2. 3. To deprive of purity by mixture; to contaminate.
A mingled , imperfect virtue. Rogers. 4. To put together; to join.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 5. To make or prepare by mixing the ingredients of.
[ He] proceeded to mingle another draught. Hawthorne.
Mingle intransitive verb To become mixed or blended.
Mingle noun A mixture. [ Obsolete] Dryden.
Mingle-mangle transitive verb [ Reduplicated from mingle .] To mix in a disorderly way; to make a mess of. [ Obsolete] Udall.
Mingle-mangle noun A hotchpotch. [ Obsolete] Latimer.
Mingleable adjective That can be mingled. Boyle.
Mingledly adverb Confusedly.
Minglement noun The act of mingling, or the state of being mixed.
Mingler noun One who mingles.
Minglingly adverb In a mingling manner.
Miniard adjective Migniard. [ Obsolete]
Miniardize transitive verb To render delicate or dainty. [ Obsolete] Howell.
Miniate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Miniated
; present participle & verbal noun Miniating
.] [ Latin miniatus
, past participle of miniare
. See Minium
.] To paint or tinge with red lead or vermilion; also, to decorate with letters, or the like, painted red, as the page of a manuscript. T. Wharton.
Miniate adjective Of or pertaining to the color of red lead or vermilion; painted with vermilion.
[ Italian miniatura
, from Latin miniare
. See Miniate
.] 1. Originally, a painting in colors such as those in mediæval manuscripts; in modern times, any very small painting, especially a portrait. 2. Greatly diminished size or form; reduced scale. 3. Lettering in red; rubric distinction.
[ Obsolete] 4. A particular feature or trait.
[ Obsolete] Massinger.
Miniature adjective Being on a small scale; much reduced from the reality; as, a miniature copy.
Miniature transitive verb To represent or depict in a small compass, or on a small scale.
Miniaturist noun A painter of miniatures.
Minibus noun [ Latin minor less + -bus , as in omnibus .] A kind of light passenger vehicle, carrying four persons.
Minie ball [ From the inventor, Captain Minié , of France.] A conical rifle bullet, with a cavity in its base plugged with a piece of iron, which, by the explosion of the charge, is driven farther in, expanding the sides to fit closely the grooves of the barrel.
Minie rifle A rifle adapted to minie balls.
Minify transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Minified
; present participle & verbal noun Minifying
.] [ Latin minor
less + -fly
.] 1. To make small, or smaller; to diminish the apparent dimensions of; to lessen. 2. To degrade by speech or action.
Minikin noun [ OD. minneken a darling, dim. of minne love; akin to German minne , and to English mind .]
1. A little darling; a favorite; a minion. [ Obsolete] Florio. 2. A little pin. [ Obsolete]
Minikin adjective Small; diminutive. Shak.
[ French minime
, Latin minimus
the least, smallest, a superl. of minor
: confer Italian minima
a note in music. See Minor
, and confer Minimum
.] 1. Anything very minute; as, the minims of existence; -- applied to animalcula; and the like. 2. The smallest liquid measure, equal to about one drop; the sixtieth part of a fluid drachm. 3. (Zoology) A small fish; a minnow.
[ Prov. Eng.] 4. A little man or being; a dwarf.
[ Obsolete] Milton. 5. (Eccl. Hist.) One of an austere order of mendicant hermits or friars founded in the 15th century by St. Francis of Paola. 6. (Mus.) A time note, formerly the shortest in use; a half note, equal to half a semibreve, or two quarter notes or crotchets. 7. A short poetical encomium.
[ Obsolete] Spenser.
Minim adjective Minute. " Minim forms." J. R. Drake.
Minimal adjective Of, pertaining to, or having a character of, a minim or minimum; least; smallest; as, a minimal amount or value.
Miniment noun [ Prob. corrupt. of moniment .] A trifle; a trinket; a token. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Minimization noun The act or process of minimizing. Bentham.
Minimize transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Minimized
; present participle & verbal noun Minimizing
.] To reduce to the smallest part or proportion possible; to reduce to a minimum. Bentham.
; plural Minima
. [ Latin , from minimus
. See Minim
.] The least quantity assignable, admissible, or possible, in a given case; hence, a thing of small consequence; -- opposed to maximum . Minimum thermometer
, a thermometer for recording the lowest temperature since its last adjustment.
; plural Minimi
. [ Latin See Minim
.] 1. A being of the smallest size.
[ Obsolete] Shak. 2. (Anat.) The little finger; the fifth digit, or that corresponding to it, in either the manus or pes.
[ See Mine
, intransitive verb
] The act or business of making mines or of working them.
Mining adjective Of or pertaining to mines; as, mining engineer; mining machinery; a mining region. Mining engineering
. See the Note under Engineering .