Adjective "zeolite" definition and examples

(Zeolite may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈziːəlʌɪt/

Definitions and examples

noun

Any of a large group of minerals consisting of hydrated aluminosilicates of sodium, potassium, calcium, and barium. They can be readily dehydrated and rehydrated, and are used as cation exchangers and molecular sieves.
  1. 'Cementation is dominantly by chlorite, with epidote and zeolites also present as cement phases.'
  2. 'Exposed zeolites weather rapidly, and consequently good material can be found only in freshly opened cavities.'
  3. 'There are more than eighty different natural zeolite minerals and many hundreds of synthetic zeolites with no naturally occurring equivalents.'
  4. 'Two zeolite minerals, analcime and natrolite, were identified, representing the first authenticated occurrence of these zeolites in Ontonagon County.'

More definitions

1. any of a group of hydrated silicates of aluminum with alkali metals, commonly occurring as secondary minerals in cavities in basic volcanic rocks: used for their molecular sieve properties because they undergo dehydration with little or no change in crystal structure.

More examples(as adjective)

"deposits can be zeolite."

"wheats can be zeolite."

"ores can be zeolite."

Origin

Late 18th century: from Swedish and German zeolit, from Greek zein ‘to boil’ + -lite (from their characteristic swelling when heated in the laboratory).