de·​mine | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈmīn How to pronounce demine (audio) \
variants: or de-mine
demined or de-mined; demining or de-mining; demines or de-mines

Definition of demine

: 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 Marcus, Christian Science Monitor, 6 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 Mattheis, Bicycling, July 2008

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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 Peck, Air Force Times, 20 May 2013
  • often used before another noun demining operations de-mining equipment

First Known Use of demine

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Demine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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