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 The mine, which could be one of the largest in the U.S., was pitched as a way to sustain thousands of jobs and provide billions in economic activity. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, "Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick won't seek reelection: 'I'm sort of term-limiting myself'," 12 Mar. 2021 Antofagasta wants to dig an enormous copper-nickel mine, called Twin Metals, right on the edge of the BWCA and excavate millions of tons of ore. Mark Dayton, Star Tribune, "Mark Dayton: Sulfide mining has no business near our Boundary Waters," 9 Mar. 2021 Face masks or coverings are required in hotel indoor public areas and when moving around in outdoor areas at all Hyatt hotels globally [italics mine], with some exceptions, based on local laws or guidance…. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Meltdown at CPAC as Conservatives Struggle to Reconcile Property Rights With Mask Mandates," 26 Feb. 2021 The California mine, Mountain Pass, was bought out of insolvency in 2017 by a rescue consortium that included Shenghe—and secured the Chinese company rights to Mountain Pass’s output. Mary Hui, Quartz, "A Chinese rare earths giant is building international alliances worldwide," 19 Feb. 2021 The mine, located in Boron, supplies almost half of the world's demaned for refined borates, according to Rio Tinto. Matt Egan, CNN, "A field of mirrors will soon help power this giant California mine," 24 Mar. 2021 Aaron Matos, a former C.E.O. of mine (reaching back more than 15 years ago) invited me to have lunch. Todd Nordstrom, Forbes, "6 Simple Ways To Harness Serendipity In Your Career," 18 Mar. 2021 In 2012, six Chinese miners went into a copper cave in Yunnan Province in southern China, which is more than a thousand miles south of Wuhan, to clean things up because this copper mine had become infested with bats. CBS News, "Geopolitical expert calls for transparency from China on COVID-19 origins," 17 Mar. 2021 All mine on the Jenner side really have built great lives for themselves. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "Caitlyn Jenner Went on The Masked Singer to Show Trans Kids 'You Can Live Your Life Authentically'," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The organization also has associate members that include Alabama Power Company, Balch and Bingham LLP, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Norfolk Southern, Thompson Tractor Company, and others that do not mine coal directly. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Alabama Coal Association expands to represent other mining operations," 11 Feb. 2021 Engineers are figuring out how to mine the heat in the nonporous rock beneath the surface. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | DAVID BROOKS: The coming technology boom," 14 Feb. 2021 Engineers are figuring out how to mine the heat in the nonporous rock beneath the surface. David Brooks, Star Tribune, "The coming technology boom," 12 Feb. 2021 Folklore finds Swift replaying memories over and over, trying to mine them for meaning that might not have been apparent in the moment. Nate Jones, Vulture, "All 179 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked," 11 Jan. 2021 Streep stars as a novelist traveling aboard the Queen Mary 2 who invites two old college friends along, in part to catch up and in part possibly to mine them for new material. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: A family finds itself in ‘Minari’," 11 Dec. 2020

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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 10 Apr. 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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