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

Visitors to my neighbor, whose apartment door was directly across from mine, had equal access to these options. David Rabe, The New Yorker, "Uncle Jim Called," 1 July 2019 Solving for that is a personal huge passion of mine. House Beautiful, "The Best Use for an Awkward Wall Niche + Other Design Problems, Solved," 28 June 2019 His career and financial situations were a far cry from mine, and the idea of things getting serious felt rushed and scary to me. Ashley Ross, Glamour, "How Big of an Age Gap Is Too Big in Relationships?," 27 June 2019 So music was a big part of my mom's side of the family and always was a big part of mine. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Former Trucking Mogul Talks Entering the Concert Biz and Landing The Rolling Stones' Only Canadian Gig," 26 June 2019 Decades ago, a train ran across the western part of Birmingham to the steel plants in Fairfield, bringing ore and coal from the mines of Red Mountain. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "High Ore Line Trail expansion set to open this summer," 25 June 2019 The rule applies to workers who extract granite, stone, copper and other non-coal substances from mines. NBC News, "Trump administration cannot weaken Obama-era safety rule for miners, court says," 18 June 2019 Treated sludge from West Virginia coal mines contain heavy rare-earths in particular, which are valuable and have few suppliers outside of China. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "China’s saber-rattling on rare-earths trade has US officials looking for options," 30 May 2019 Of 23 vessels scrapped, 16 were capesize vessels, the biggest cargo ships that move products such as iron, aluminum, coal and cement from mines in Australia and Latin America to China. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Sliding Freight Rates Send More Big Bulk Ships to Scrapyards," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several will work together and mine the tissue between leaf covers, then use their silk thread to roll up leaves, continue eating and finally pupate over the winter. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s what’s going on with those blotchy brown spots on your lilac bush," 12 July 2019 The plan also calls for the mining their social media accounts for potentially troubling posts. Scott Travis, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida wants to amass reams of data on students’ lives," 9 July 2019 After mining began to falter in the 1930s, the train transitioned into a full-time tourist attraction, Smith said. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Durango residents divided as beloved coal-fired train faces lawsuits over its role in the 416 fire," 7 July 2019 Landmarks: In Otay Ranch, there’s a round (really, 12-sided) bird barn off Hard Rock Road, built in the 1930s by mining magnate Stephen Birch. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Eastlake & Otay Ranch: A suburban mecca on eastern end of Chula Vista has rural roots," 30 June 2019 Nearly 300 residents have signed a petition requesting the Planning and Zoning Board deny the special permit request from Strategic Commercial Realty, d/b/a Rawson Material, to begin mining on an 11-acre parcel in a residential/agricultural zone. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Thompson PZC Hears Arguments Over Mining Operation," 28 June 2019 The new parks and trails celebrate the region’s gritty heritage, showing how riverside industries that mine salt, make steel or recycle concrete or asphalt can co-exist with nature, recreation and revitalization. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Burning River legacy: Towpath Trail spurs rediscovery of Cuyahoga Valley, erasing east-west divide," 9 June 2019 Goss tells me about mining bitcoin nine years ago, when the cryptocurrency world was so small that his home desktop at times made up 1 percent or more of the computing power on the network. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "The Cypherpunks Tapping Bitcoin via Ham Radio," 27 June 2019 The Trump administration action targets the EPA’s 2014 proposal limiting the discharge of mining waste in the Bristol Bay watershed. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Alaska gold mine with $100-billion lode to get lifeline from Trump EPA," 26 June 2019

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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 Celt 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

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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