\ ˈmīn How to pronounce mine (audio) \

Definition of mine

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: my used before a word beginning with a vowel or hthis 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 myYour 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)
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 During its heyday, the Kennecott Mining Corp. established its five mines as models of state-of-the-art technology and progressive management, even paying workers higher salaries than anywhere in the lower 48 states, according to Alaska.org. Fox News, "5 American ghost towns abandoned to time," 18 Feb. 2020 The best way to help my clients avoid these mistakes is to show them the results for other clients of mine that have followed my professional advice. SFChronicle.com, "Sound Off: What are common regrets or mistakes made by buyers or sellers and how do you help a client avoid them?," 16 Feb. 2020 Zacatecas is home to the Hotel Quinta Real, a hotel made from a historic bullring and the city has a cable car transporting passengers to and from its silver mines. Kyle Arnold, Dallas News, "Low-cost Mexican airline Volaris will fly from DFW to Zacatecas and Guanajuato," 24 Jan. 2020 Service Sector: Frac sand slump continues to sting industry The new George West facility will be able to receive 180 rail cars of sand in a single shipment from its Arkansas mine. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Canadian frac sand company expands operations while industry shrinks," 9 Dec. 2019 But my colleagues, a good friend of mine, has two kids. Time, "'We Can't Deal With This Tsunami.' As the Coronavirus Spreads, Hong Kong Medical Workers Feel the Pressure," 31 Jan. 2020 The fungus that causes this disease can live on the walls of caves and mines. Winifred Frick, The Conversation, "What is white-nose syndrome in bats?," 27 Jan. 2020 One of mine relates to Pete Buttigieg, who shot to the top of the pack in Iowa last fall. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden’s Confounding Candidacy," 25 Jan. 2020 Working with Time's Up to really make sure that women of all kinds are the nucleus of this movement has been a real passion of mine. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Jurnee Smollett-Bell on Becoming Black Canary in "Birds of Prey"," 15 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From members of the public who live nearby to conservationists and even mining interests, the military faces a wide swathe of opposition that wants to know how far the federal government will go in shutting off land access. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Moms. vs. cement, and composting human remains," 21 Feb. 2020 Average starting salaries for mining jobs with the project are anticipated to be around $85,000 a year, officials said. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "$500 million coal mine announced for Tuscaloosa County," 20 Feb. 2020 Trump empowers Latinos, one diner said A second visit in the next hour mined similar territory. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "The 'Fox & Friends' post-rally visit to a Phoenix diner was like comfort food. Here's why," 20 Feb. 2020 Hollywood has long excelled at mining beauty from war. David Sims, The Atlantic, "1917 Is a Visual Feat. That Doesn’t Mean It’s a Good Movie.," 3 Jan. 2020 The Quapaw and Caddo peoples lived here for thousands of years, mining the region’s ubiquitous novaculite, a type of flint stone, for weapons. Washington Post, "Soaking up history in Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park," 7 Feb. 2020 The coin used for the flip is made from a rare metal mined on Uranus and blessed by the Dalai Lama and Pitbull. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Super Bowl review: A coin flip, fans, friendly 49ers, and ... iguanas?," 3 Feb. 2020 Lake Superior must not have been cold enough for Geye, whose previous novels masterfully mined Minnesota's frozen tundra. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 big author events scheduled for Milwaukee, including Emily St. John Mandel and Gene Luen Yang," 31 Jan. 2020 Company musical ensembles date at least to the 19th century, when coal mines throughout Britain had brass bands, many supported by mining companies, says Jesse Rosen, chief executive of the League of American Orchestras. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "What Do Amazon, Google and Salesforce Have in Common? In-House Music Groups.," 27 Jan. 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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Cite this Entry

“Mine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mine. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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