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

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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

In a job like mine, there are a few hopes key to getting through long days and years-long projects. Bobak Ferdowsi, Popular Mechanics, "What a Scientist Can Learn From AlienCon," 23 Oct. 2018 Oh, and one last pet peeve of mine: over half of people don’t read anything more than the headlines online. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A military expert explains why social media is the new battlefield," 12 Oct. 2018 Franklin notes the field of mine rehabilitation needs more experimentation. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 Germany moved to occupy land in Denmark, Norway, and France, gaining control of new iron mines and mills. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Gustav was run there from Congress in Tennessee, death threats are increasing to offices like mine and other members of Congress. Fox News, "Mike Huckabee: Peter Fonda ought to be in jail," 27 June 2018 During the summer, Yosemite keeps a small supply of anti-venom on hand for cases like mine, but those vials had been used the previous year and hadn’t yet been restocked. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 If the key to your dad's heart is food (like mine), find smoked meats, caramels, maple syrup and coffee at the market. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where to celebrate Father's Day in Milwaukee's southwest suburbs," 11 June 2018 That would mean many transactions are rather short — maybe 5 to 10 minutes — but others take much longer, producing 3½-hour marathons like mine. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Happy birthday to me: 3½ hours at the RMV waiting to renew my license," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Wheeler represented energy companies, mining companies, and a mixture of others with issues ranging from food to salvaging automobiles. Steven Mufson, BostonGlobe.com, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018 Wheeler represented energy companies, mining companies and a mixture of others with issues ranging from food to salvaging automobiles. Steven Mufson, chicagotribune.com, "EPA's acting administrator has long lobbying record on issues before the agency," 5 July 2018 Wheeler represented energy companies, mining companies and a mixture of others with issues ranging from food to salvaging automobiles. Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s acting administrator has long lobbying record on issues before the agency," 5 July 2018 Big thirst Two of the largest users of water in Kwale County are mining company Base Titanium and the Kwale International Sugar Company, which has about 19,700 acres of sugarcane under irrigation. Isaiah Esipisu, The Christian Science Monitor, "In sustainability search, Kenya studies the unknown depths of its aquifers," 2 July 2018 Or instead of using the land for cattle, rent it to mining companies. Josh Haner, National Geographic, "The Last Cowboys: A Cattle-Ranching Family Fights to Survive," 29 June 2018 Now, Glass just needs to find the right successor to mine it. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU baseball can take final step with Chris Lemonis successor," 25 June 2018 Palantir Technologies is billionaire Peter Thiel’s secretive data mining company. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Founders Fund Partner Talks Privacy, Facebook, and His Time at Peter Thiel’s Secretive Data Company," 6 June 2018 Daigle has a face like an oilskin raincoat, patinated from life on the land moonlighting for mining companies—chasing other people’s dreams. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 17 May 2018

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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

Middle English min, from Old English mīn — more at my

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

see mine entry 1

Noun

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

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mine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 2 of 2)

: 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

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