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A mineral or an aggregate of minerals from which a valuable constituent, especially a metal, can be profitably mined or extracted.

[Middle English, from Old English ōra and from Old English ār, brass, copper, bronze.]


A Swedish unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the krona.

[Swedish, from Old Norse eyrir, from Latin aureus, gold coin, from aurum, gold.]


A unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the krone in Denmark and Norway.

[Danish and Norwegian, both from Old Norse eyrir; see öre.]


(Chemistry) any naturally occurring mineral or aggregate of minerals from which economically important constituents, esp metals, can be extracted
[Old English ār, ōra; related to Gothic aiz, Latin aes, Dutch oer]


n, pl öre
(Currencies) a Scandinavian monetary unit worth one hundredth of a Swedish krona and (øre) one hundredth of a Danish and Norwegian krone


(ɔr, oʊr)

1. a metal-bearing mineral or rock, or a native metal, that can be mined at a profit.
2. a mineral or natural product serving as a source of some nonmetallic substance, as sulfur.
[before 900; conflation of Middle English ore, Old English ōra ore, unreduced metal; and Middle English or(e) ore, metal, Old English ār brass; c. Old Saxon, Old High German ēr, Old Norse eir; compare Latin aes bronze]


(ˈœ rə)

n., pl. ö•re.
1. Also, ø•re (Œrə). a monetary unit of Denmark and Norway, equal to 1/100 of a krone.
2. a monetary unit of Sweden, equal to 1/100 of a krona.
[1700–20; < Swedish öre, Dan, Norwegian øre « Latin aureus a gold coin]




A mineral or rock from which a valuable or useful substance, especially a metal, can be extracted at a reasonable cost.


A metal-rich mineral deposit.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ore - a mineral that contains metal that is valuable enough to be minedore - a mineral that contains metal that is valuable enough to be mined
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
concentrate, dressed ore - the desired mineral that is left after impurities have been removed from mined ore
iron ore - an ore from which iron can be extracted
lead ore - ore containing lead
pay dirt - ore that yields a substantial profit to the miner
uranium ore - any ore from which uranium can be extracted
2.ore - a monetary subunit in Denmark and Norway and Sweden; 100 ore equal 1 krona
fractional monetary unit, subunit - a monetary unit that is valued at a fraction (usually one hundredth) of the basic monetary unit
krona, Swedish krona - the basic unit of money in Sweden
Danish krone, krone - the basic unit of money in Denmark
krone, Norwegian krone - the basic unit of money in Norway
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[ɔːʳ] Nmineral m, mena f
copper oremineral m de cobre


[ˈɔːr] nminerai m


nErz nt


[ɔːʳ] nminerale m grezzo
copper ore → minerale grezzo di rame


() noun
any mineral, rock etc from which a metal is obtained. iron ore.
References in classic literature ?
It appeared he had "served his time" in the copper-ore trade, the famous copper-ore trade of old days between Swansea and the Chilian coast, coal out and ore in, deep-loaded both ways, as if in wanton defiance of the great Cape Horn seas - a work, this, for staunch ships, and a great school of staunchness for West- Country seamen.
You have heard them mentioned, and have seen specimens of the ore, sir; you will not deny that
As when the potent Rod Of AMRAMS Son in EGYPTS evill day Wav'd round the Coast, up call'd a pitchy cloud Of LOCUSTS, warping on the Eastern Wind, That ore the Realm of impious PHAROAH hung Like Night, and darken'd all the Land of NILE: So numberless were those bad Angels seen Hovering on wing under the Cope of Hell 'Twixt upper, nether, and surrounding Fires; Till, as a signal giv'n, th' uplifted Spear Of their great Sultan waving to direct Thir course, in even ballance down they light On the firm brimstone, and fill all the Plain; A multitude, like which the populous North Pour'd never from her frozen loyns, to pass RHENE or the DANAW, when her barbarous Sons Came like a Deluge on the South, and spread Beneath GIBRALTAR to the LYBIAN sands.
But, at least," said Joe, driven to his last defences, "couldn't we take some of that ore for ballast, instead of sand?
These mines are of copper, and the ore is all shipped to Swansea, to be smelted.
If there be iron ore, and streams whereupon to set the mills, iron is a brave commodity where wood aboundeth.
So long before being forwarded to Tampa Town, the iron ore, molten in the great furnaces of Coldspring, and brought into contact with coal and silicium heated to a high temperature, was carburized and transformed into cast iron.
At other places the banks were banded with great veins of iron ore, laid bare by the abrasion of the river.
They had a little conchological cabinet, and a little metallurgical cabinet, and a little mineralogical cabinet; and the specimens were all arranged and labelled, and the bits of stone and ore looked as though they might have been broken from the parent substances by those tremendously hard instruments their own names; and, to paraphrase the idle legend of Peter Piper, who had never found his way into their nursery, If the greedy little Gradgrinds grasped at more than this, what was it for good gracious goodness' sake, that the greedy little Gradgrinds grasped it!
Another thing that surprised me was the fact that so much had been accomplished in so short a time, for I could not believe that I had been gone from Anoroc for a sufficient period to permit of building a fleet of fifty feluccas and mining iron ore for the cannon and balls, to say nothing of manufacturing these guns and the crude muzzle-loading rifles with which every Mezop was armed, as well as the gunpowder and ammunition they had in such ample quantities.
Powell, who was a mining engineer by education, stated that we had uncovered over a million dollars worth of ore in a trifle over three months.
Across the canon was the place for the mill, and there he erected it; and he erected, also, the endless chain of buckets, suspended from a cable and operated by gravity, that would carry the ore across the canon to the quartz-crusher.