an excavation made in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, precious stones, etc.
a place where such minerals may be obtained, either by excavation or by washing the soil.
a natural deposit of such minerals.
an abundant source; store:
a mine of information.
a device containing a charge of explosive in a watertight casing, floating on or moored beneath the surface of the water for the purpose of blowing up an enemy ship that strikes it or passes close by it.
a similar device used on land against personnel or vehicles; .
a subterranean passage made to extend under an enemy’s works or position, as for the purpose of securing access or of depositing explosives for blowing up a military position.
a passageway in the parenchyma of a leaf, made by certain insects.
verb (used without object), mined, mining.
to dig in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, etc.; make a mine.
to extract coal, ore, or the like, from a mine.
to make subterranean passages.
to place or lay mines, as in military or naval operations.
verb (used with object), mined, mining.
to dig in (earth, rock, etc.) in order to obtain ores, coal, etc.
to extract (ore, coal, etc.) from a mine.
to avail oneself of or draw useful or valuable material from:
to mine every reference book available in writing the term paper.
to use, especially a natural resource:
to mine the nation’s forests.
to make subterranean passages in or under; burrow.
to make (passages, tunnels, etc.) by digging or burrowing.
to dig away or remove the foundations of.
to place or lay military or naval mines under:
to mine an enemy supply road.
Agriculture. to grow crops in (soil) over an extended time without fertilizing.
to remove (a natural resource) from its source without attempting to replenish it.
something or someone belonging to or associated with me: mine is best
of mine, belonging to or associated with me
(preceding a vowel) an archaic word for my1 mine eyes, mine host
a system of excavations made for the extraction of minerals, esp coal, ores, or precious stones
any deposit of ore or minerals
a lucrative source or abundant supply: she was a mine of information
a device containing an explosive designed to destroy ships, vehicles, or personnel, usually laid beneath the ground or in water
a tunnel or sap dug to undermine a fortification
a groove or tunnel made by certain insects, esp in a leaf
to dig into (the earth) for (minerals)
to make (a hole, tunnel, etc) by digging or boring
to place explosive mines in position below the surface of (the sea or land)
to undermine (a fortification) by digging mines or saps
another word for undermine
Old English min “mine, my,” (pronoun and adjective), from Proto-Germanic *minaz (cf. Old Frisian, Old Saxon Old High German min, Middle Dutch, Dutch mijn, German mein, Old Norse minn, Gothic meins “my, mine”), from the base of me. Superseded as adjective beginning 13c. by my.
“pit or tunnel in the earth for obtaining metals and minerals,” c.1300, from Old French mine “vein, lode; tunnel, shaft; mineral ore; mine” (for coal, tin, etc,), of uncertain origin, probably from a Celtic source (cf. Welsh mwyn, Irish mein “ore, mine”), from Old Celtic *meini-. Italy and Greece were relatively poor in minerals, thus they did not contribute a word for this to English, but there was extensive mining from an early date in Celtic lands (Cornwall, etc.). From c.1400 as “a tunnel under fortifications to overthrow them.”
explosive device, by 1850, from mine (v.2).
to dig, c.1300, “to tunnel under fortifications to overthrow them,” from mine (n.1) or from Old French miner “to dig, mine; exterminate.” From mid-14c. as “to dig in the earth” (for treasure, etc.). Figurative use from mid-14c. Related: Mined; mining.
“lay explosives,” 1620s, in reference to old tactic of tunneling under enemy fortifications to blow them up; a specialized sense of mine (v.1) via a sense of “dig under foundations to undermine them” (late 14c.), and miner in this sense is attested from late 13c. Related: Mined; mining.
An underground excavation in the Earth from which ore, rock, or minerals can be extracted.
The process of mining is described in Job 28:1-11. Moses speaks of the mineral wealth of Palestine (Deut. 8:9). Job 28:4 is rightly thus rendered in the Revised Version, “He breaketh open a shaft away from where men sojourn; they are forgotten of the foot [that passeth by]; they hang afar from men, they swing to and fro.” These words illustrate ancient mining operations.
noun 1. an official who inspects a mine to ensure compliance with safety requirements.
[mahyn-feeld] /ˈmaɪnˌfild/ noun, Military, Naval. 1. an area of land or water throughout which explosive have been laid. /ˈmaɪnˌfiːld/ noun 1. an area of ground or water containing explosive mines 2. a subject, situation, etc, beset with hidden problems n. 1877, from mine (n.2) + field (n.). Figurative use by 1947.
/ˈmaɪnˌhʌntə/ noun 1. a naval vessel that searches for mines by electronic means
[mahyn-ley-er] /ˈmaɪnˌleɪ ər/ noun 1. a naval ship equipped for , in the water. /ˈmaɪnˌleɪə/ noun 1. a warship or aircraft designed for the carrying and laying of mines