land mine


land mine

noun

: a bomb that is buried in the ground and that explodes when someone steps on it or drives over it

Full Definition of LAND MINE

1
:  a mine usually placed just below the surface of the ground and designed to be exploded usually by the weight of vehicles or troops passing over it
2
:  booby trap 1

Examples of LAND MINE

  1. <parents of teenagers never know when they might set off an emotional land mine>

First Known Use of LAND MINE

1890

Rhymes with LAND MINE

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land mine

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Explosive charge buried just below the surface of the earth, used in military operations against troops and vehicles. It may be fired by the weight of vehicles or troops on it, the passage of time, or remote control. Though improvised land mines (buried artillery shells) were used in World War I, they only became important in warfare during World War II and have been widely used since. Most early mines had metal cases; later models were sometimes made of other materials to prevent magnetic detection. They are typically used to disrupt or prevent the massed attack of tanks or infantry, but in post–World War II conflicts they have also been used to render land useless to enemy civilian populations. A treaty banning land mines—not signed by the U.S., Russia, and China—went into effect in 1997. See also submarine mine.

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