demine

transitive verb de·mine \ (ˌ)dē-ˈmīn \
variants: or de-mine

Definition of demine

demined or de-mined; demining or de-mining; demines or de-mines
:to remove mines and especially unexploded land mines from (an area)
  • An estimated 100 million unexploded land mines stud the globe, and experts say it would take 10,000 years to demine Cambodia alone, using present methods.
  • —Adam MarcusChristian Science Monitor6 May 1998
  • In Afghanistan, sergeant Murphy needs to take care to ride only in areas that have been de-mined. “I am basically riding on a paved road through a minefield,” he says.
  • —Christine MattheisBicyclingJuly 2008

demining

or de-mining noun
    • EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] units also will be available again for humanitarian demining, irregular warfare, civil support for handling unexploded ordnance found in communities and working with foreign militaries.
    • —Michael PeckAir Force Times20 May 2013
  • often used before another noun
    • demining operations
    • de-mining equipment

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First Known Use of demine

1945


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