AskDefine | Define placer

Dictionary Definition

placer n : an alluvial deposit that contains particles of some valuable mineral

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology 1

Agent noun of place.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Someone who places or arranges something.
  2. Someone who deals in stolen goods; a fence.

Etymology 2

From American Spanish placer, earlier placel, apparently from obsolete Portuguese pracel.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈplæsə/, /ˈpleɪsə/

Noun

  1. In the context of "mining": A deposit of sand or earth in a river-bed etc. which contains particles of gold or other precious minerals.
    • 1995, Paul T. Craddock, Early Metal Mining and Production, page 110:
      Placer gold comes from the weathering of the primary veins releasing the gold to be transported by water action and concentrated in gravel or sand beds.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 46:
      Since time immemorial, people found that they could extract the gold from placer deposits by sifting the fine-grained material through a mesh: the technique of panning.

Etymology 3

From place + -er.

Noun

  1. In the context of "Australia|New Zealand": A lamb whose mother died and which transferred its attachment to a nearby locality.

French

Etymology

From place.

Pronunciation

  • /plase/

Verb

placer
  1. to place (to put in a specific location)
  2. to seat (To put an object into a place where it will rest)

Conjugation

Related terms

Spanish

Pronunciation

/plaˈθeɾ/

Etymology 1

Latin placere.

Verb

placer
  1. to please (somebody)

Conjugation

Noun

  1. pleasure; something done to please

Related terms

Etymology 2

Related to placel ‘sandbank’, from plaza ‘place’.

Noun

  1. In the context of "geology|mining|lang=es": placer
  2. sandbank

Extensive Definition

Placer may refer to one of the following:
Geographical names:
placer in German: Placer
placer in French: Placer
placer in Dutch: Placer
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