mine

adjective
\ ˈmīn How to pronounce mine (audio) \

Definition of mine

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: my used before a word beginning with a vowel or h this treasure in mine arms— William Shakespeare or sometimes as a modifier of a preceding noun archaic except in an elevated style

Definition of mine (Entry 2 of 4)

: that which belongs to me used without a following noun as a pronoun equivalent in meaning to the adjective my Your eyes are brown and mine are green.

mine

noun

Definition of mine (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : a pit or excavation in the earth from which mineral substances are taken
b : an ore deposit
2 : a subterranean passage under an enemy position
3 : an encased explosive that is placed in the ground or in water and set to explode when disturbed
4 : a rich source of supply

mine

verb
mined; mining

Definition of mine (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to dig under to gain access or cause the collapse of (an enemy position)
b : undermine
2a : to get (something, such as ore) from the earth
b : to extract from a source information mined from the files
3 : to burrow beneath the surface of larva that mines leaves
4 : to place military mines in, on, or under mine a harbor
5a : to dig into for ore or metal
b : to process for obtaining a natural constituent mine the air for nitrogen
c : to seek valuable material in mine old records for more details
6 : to create or obtain more units of (a cryptocurrency) through a cryptographic process But bitcoins also need to be generated in the first place. Bitcoins are "mined" when you set your Bitcoin client to a mode that has it compete to update the public log of transactions. All the clients set to this mode race to solve a cryptographic puzzle by completing the next "block" of the shared transaction log. Winning the race to complete the next block wins you a 50-Bitcoin prize.— Tom Simonite

intransitive verb

: to dig a mine

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Other Words from mine

Verb

miner noun

Examples of mine in a Sentence

Noun a baseball fanatic who is a mine of fascinating trivia about the game the soldiers were careful to disarm any mines they found in their path Verb The area was soon filled with prospectors who were mining for gold. Prospectors mined the region for diamonds. Local people were hired to mine the gold. The enemy had mined the harbor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Years ago, one male mentor of mine introduced me to his client who ran her own agency. Expert Panel, Forbes, "Eight Ways Female Entrepreneurs Can Support Other Women In Business," 21 Apr. 2021 Yeah, and actually a good friend of mine got it, Ioan Gruffudd. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, "In Conversation: Mads Mikkelsen," 20 Apr. 2021 So while some people are understandably nervous about returning to their workplace, many are having an experience more like mine. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, "You Might Not Realize How Much You Miss the Office," 1 Apr. 2021 Everyone has a story like mine — a story about the moment that neatly cleaved the past from the pandemic present. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: The pandemic response started a year ago under Trump. Here’s how it’s going under Biden.," 10 Mar. 2021 Her kid, like mine, was suffering under the isolation and flatness of distance learning and couldn’t wait to go back in. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | PETULA DVORAK: School daze," 14 Feb. 2021 Cliver’s study found plastic boards with a patchwork of bacteria-trapping grooves (like mine) are nigh impossible to scrub completely clean by hand. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Busting the myth that wood cutting boards are less sanitary than plastic cutting boards. Turns out wood is safer," 9 Jan. 2021 The mine would be built on property that the Sioux tribe has long claimed was illegally taken by the United States. Eric Lipton, Star Tribune, "In last rush, Trump grants mining and energy firms access to public lands," 20 Dec. 2020 For longer fingers, like mine, the extended handles are a big help. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "First Test: The PS5 is in the Early Stages of Its Era," 6 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the comments, people mine their memories for sensory minutiae, mostly the sounds of ice machines and elevators and the smell of chlorine; the forum has decided that the hallway must belong to a hotel. Madelyne Xiao, The New Yorker, "The Pleasant Head Trip of Liminal Spaces," 16 Apr. 2021 Nvidia’s chips can be used to do the complicated computations necessary to mine new digital currency. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Why you still can’t get a PS5," 14 Apr. 2021 Altman’s assistants mine the planet for talent -- from Canada to the Dominican Republic. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks are a program in need of a big transformation," 29 Mar. 2021 If Jupiter’s Legacy can catch fire, perhaps Netflix could mine it for years to come like Amazon is now doing with The Boys. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ could give Netflix its own version of the Avengers," 7 Apr. 2021 The new agreement, which was reached after years to sometimes acrimonious negotiations, will give CITIC the right to mine an additional one billion tonnes of iron ore from the tenements controlled by Palmer’s principal company, Mineralogy. Tim Treadgold, Forbes, "China Adds To Clive Palmer’s $3.8 Billion Fortune," 5 Apr. 2021 In addition, researchers are able to mine electronic health records to discover patients who qualify for clinical trials but who might not have been offered the opportunity in the past. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "Researchers Look for Ways to Make Drug Trials More Diverse," 28 Mar. 2021 Mel Tucker continues to mine the NCAA transfer portal for talent from within the Big Ten. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football lands former 4-star LB Itayvion 'Tank' Brown from transfer portal," 23 Mar. 2021 Every streamer is trying to mine our childhood pop cultural faves for the sake of viewership. Jen Chaney, Vulture, "The Beagle Remains a Blessing," 6 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of mine

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for mine

Adjective and Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

Middle English min, from Old English mīn — more at my

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *mina, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh mwyn ore

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The first known use of mine was before the 12th century

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“Mine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mine. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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mine

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of mine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: that which belongs to me : my one : my ones
British, informal : my home : my place

mine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mine (Entry 2 of 3)

: a pit or tunnel from which minerals (such as coal, gold, diamonds, etc.) are taken
: a bomb that is placed in the ground or in water and that explodes when it is touched
: a rich source of something (such as information)

mine

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mine (Entry 3 of 3)

: to dig a mine in order to find and take away coal, gold, diamonds, etc.
: to find and take away (coal, gold, diamonds, etc.) from a mine
: to search for something valuable in (something)

mine

pronoun
\ ˈmīn How to pronounce mine (audio) \

Kids Definition of mine

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: that which belongs to me That book is mine. Those books are mine.

mine

noun

Kids Definition of mine (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a pit or tunnel from which minerals (as coal, gold, or diamonds) are taken
2 : an explosive device placed in the ground or water and set to explode when disturbed (as by an enemy soldier, vehicle, or ship)
3 : a rich source of supply She was a mine of information.

mine

verb
mined; mining

Kids Definition of mine (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to dig or work in a mine They mined the hills for gold.
2 : to obtain from a mine mine coal
3 : to place explosive mines in or under mine a field

Other Words from mine

miner noun

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