mine

adjective
\ ˈmīn \

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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Please Instagram, keep this bullsh*t off mine and other's feeds who could be easily effected by this disgusting advertisement. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Calls Out "Disgusting" Fat-Shaming Instagram Ad," 5 Jan. 2019 The Verge spoke to Bishop-Stall about the cultural history of hangovers, why your hangover is not the same as mine, and what’s keeping us from that cure. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we don’t have a hangover cure yet," 21 Dec. 2018 Or visit the mines at the stunning Porto Flavia, which opens onto the Tyrrhenian Sea. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 This little hero from @voicesofhopecc was a patient of mine at CHOC Hospital. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Star Michael Ketterer Has an INCREDIBLE Connection to Voices of Hope," 6 Sep. 2018 Laura Regensdorf, Senior Beauty Editor August vacations, for me, often materialize like a rabbit out of a hat: Spur-of-the-moment trips (as mine always are, with a game friend at my side) entail a certain kind of magic. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "15 Fresh Ideas for Covering Up at the Beach This Summer," 3 Aug. 2018 Are your kids as ashamed as mine about what is happening at our borders? refinery29.com, "How People Are Using Fundraisers To Fight Trump's Family Separation Policy," 19 June 2018 The train system serves 14 mines that deliver to four port terminals. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Mining co. says first autonomous freight train network fully operational," 30 Dec. 2018 Before you embark on a period of punishing deprivation, consider a former patient of mine who lost more than 10 pounds after going on a green-juice diet for the first two weeks of January. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Make 2019 Your Best Year Yet," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If postelection unrest escalates and reaches the country’s usually stable southeast regions, mining companies will be under pressure to initiate emergency protocols such as evacuating staff and shutting down production. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Congo Keeps Voters in the Dark About Election Results," 2 Jan. 2019 The Obama administration blocked the sale of new leases in 2016 out of concerns over climate-changing greenhouse gases from burning coal and to review royalty rates paid by mining companies for federal coal. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales," 12 Dec. 2018 Wyoming is not the only state that allows self-bonding for mining companies. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "As coal stalls, Wyoming considers new environmental clean-up rules," 20 Sep. 2018 Years of attempts to mine the sands profitably here have failed. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 China is encouraging its population to wear health monitors around the clock, offering scope for AI to mine huge amounts of information, with hopes that intelligent machines will be able to predict illnesses, or diagnose them earlier than doctors. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "China plans to dominate AI, with a vanguard of robotic doctors like 'Biomind'," 6 July 2018 Then there's Farmiga's ability to mine a laugh out of angst and yet remain human, and MacDougall's sly, sleepy charm. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "Christopher Plummer, Vera Farmiga help 'Boundaries' stay on track," 28 June 2018 Whether in his garage or his new studio at Sonora Recordings in Los Feliz, a quiet spot just across the street from the Los Angeles River, musicians flock to Rado, hoping to mine his ear for that specific modern-yet-throwback sound. Steven Edelstone, Billboard, "How Foxygen's Jonathan Rado Became One of Indie Rock's Most In-Demand Producers," 19 June 2018 Every new details seems a new vein of agony to be mined in the story, just as the news that some siblings are were allowed to hug in custody did. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Border Patrol Agent Reportedly Mocked Crying Immigrant Kids on Tape," 18 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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 Celt origin; akin to Welsh mwyn ore

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mine

Statistics for mine

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for mine

The first known use of mine was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for mine

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 \

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on mine

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with mine

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for mine

Spanish Central: Translation of mine

Nglish: Translation of mine for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of mine for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about mine

Comments on mine

What made you want to look up mine? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to deny responsibility for

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!