\ 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.



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


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

Other Words from mine


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The unfair-labor-practices case against the Federalist over a joke tweet deserved to be sent back to the salt mine. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 20 May 2022 The mine does limited sales of 55-gallon drums priced in line with their much less expensive bulk fuel order. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 The old mine is located along the banks of the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 18 May 2022 Almost any well-meaning inquiry can hit an emotional mine. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The potential gold mining site, known as the Reef Deposit, would likely be an open-pit mine. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 When his New Orleanian family met mine and discovered Hong Fu for themselves, the most passionate fan turned out to be his sister. Esmé Weijun Wang, Bon Appétit, 29 Mar. 2022 If your swiping habits resemble mine, perhaps your Instagram is shot through with Reels of Bella on the runway, staring lethally down her long nose and vamping to an ominous overlaid beat. Rob Haskell, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2022 The company, which owns and operates just one mine, has been losing money. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 15 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By running the malware on powerful enterprise servers, criminals can mine Bitcoin or other types of digital cash using the resources and electricity of an unwitting victim. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 An attacker can mine a target’s digital footprints, which can include audio and video, to extract information such as contacts, relationships, profession, career, likes, dislikes, interests, hobbies, travel and frequented locations. Ravi Sen, The Conversation, 8 Apr. 2022 But this will be the first time an in-depth, extensive documentary will mine historic and current material. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 For years, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether have been assailed for the large amounts of pollution that comes from generating the electricity used to mine them. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2022 Fuller learned her rental application had been screened by RentGrow, one of more than a dozen companies that mine consumer databases to perform background checks on tenants. ProPublica, 31 Mar. 2022 The idea of these CityCoins is to allow users to mine coins for their favourite city while taking a cut and diverting funds to the city’s treasury. David G.w. Birch, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 What's happening currently is an acceleration of a phenomenon that began in the late 1980s, when corporations started to deliberately mine Black cool as hip-hop was becoming a global force. Jason Parham, Wired, 28 Feb. 2022 In Bitcoin’s early years, a crypto enthusiast could mine coins by running software on a laptop. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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


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


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

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\ 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.



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.


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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