mine

1 of 4

adjective

: my
used before a word beginning with a vowel or h
this treasure in mine armsWilliam Shakespeare
or sometimes as a modifier of a preceding noun
archaic except in an elevated style

mine

2 of 4

pronoun

singular or plural in construction
: 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

3 of 4

noun

1
a
: 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

4 of 4

verb

mined; mining

transitive verb

1
a
: to dig under to gain access or cause the collapse of (an enemy position)
b
2
a
: 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
5
a
: 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
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
Adjective
Finland will also join artillery and mine clearance operations under the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, the body that coordinates military assistance by 54 Ukraine allies, within and outside NATO. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 More and more, data centers are cropping up to mine Bitcoin and train AI. Justine Calma, The Verge, 24 Jan. 2024 Few titles explore a mother-daughter relationship and fewer still mine nostalgia in a personal way. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, 19 Jan. 2024 As the two men investigated complaints about the operation, Mr. Brown said, a security guard for the mine loaded rounds into an AR-15-style assault rifle that had been stored in a car. Gabriel J.x. Dance, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2024 When the fadeout abruptly brings tragedy into this picture — a turn torn from real-life experience, as evidenced by closing dedication text — its force is muffled by the fact that the film has done almost nothing prior to mine character depths or stir our own deeper emotions. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 25 Jan. 2024 While prototypes of polymetallic nodule collectors have been deployed in the Pacific Ocean, machines to mine seamounts and sulfide deposits remain untested. Todd Woody, Fortune Europe, 13 Jan. 2024 States were required to make mine operators post bonds as a type of insurance to cover reclamation costs if the companies went bankrupt. Ken Ward Jr., ProPublica, 1 Dec. 2023 The long preparation time required to ready the counteroffensive allowed Russia to build defenses, particularly mine belts, which nullified many of Ukraine’s advantages in sophisticated weaponry. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 28 Nov. 2023
Noun
At least one ship was damaged by a floating mine of unknown origin off the coast of Romania late last year. Tim Lister and Victoria Butenko, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024 In 2022, an explosion at the Amasra coal mine on the Black Sea coast killed 41 workers. Andrew Wilks, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 With the power of the internet, social media and digital and visual communications, mining companies have never had a better opportunity to bridge the distance between the mine site and the public. Alp Bora, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 The copper mine is situated amid the ruins of a 1,000- to 2,000-year-old city. Beth Bailey, Fox News, 10 Feb. 2024 Federal wildlife officials have agreed to conduct a full, year-long review to determine whether a tiny snail found only in high-desert springs near a huge lithium mine being built along the Nevada-Oregon line should be listed as a threatened or endangered species. Scott Sonner, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2024 Nonstick pots and pans that stuck to everything and looked like the inside of a coal mine? Alex Milmeyster, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Nor will the underground lithium storehouse be enough to avert the need for other, more environmentally harmful lithium mines. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 Bear in mind my grandfather was blown up by the Nazis at sea as a teenager, then spent 40 years in the coal mines. New York Times, 25 Jan. 2024
Verb
Even classic cinema can be mined for Buddhist fun and profit. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Both the 23andMe and the GSK team felt like there was so much in there, any one group can’t possibly mine everything. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 12 Feb. 2024 The production designers who crafted these worlds, bleak or bright, mined a wide range of inspiration. Peter Caranicas, Variety, 10 Feb. 2024 But coach Cathy Reese and her staff mined the transfer portal to bring in two defenders, former Rutgers graduate student Meghan Ball, last spring’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and former Colorado junior Sophie Halus. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 3 Feb. 2024 Who would be mining? Norwegian deep sea mining company Loke Marine Minerals plans to apply for an application permit, according to Chief Executive Officer Walter Sognnes. Todd Woody, Fortune Europe, 13 Jan. 2024 And Wilson sees Jelly Roll’s willingness to mine his experiences as a major influence on the format moving forward. Tom Roland, Billboard, 2 Feb. 2024 The system produced several generations of synthetic reactions, which could then be mined for potential cycles that appeared to repeat—revealing chemical interactions that could have potentially played a role in the origination of life. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Jan. 2024 Part of the area around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine, occupied by Russia since early 2022, has been mined again, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Volodymyr Verbianyi, Bloomberg.com, 20 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Pronoun

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

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun

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

Time Traveler
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. 2024.

Kids Definition

mine

1 of 4 adjective
archaic
: my
used before a word beginning with a vowel or h or after a noun

mine

2 of 4 pronoun
ˈmīn
: my one : my ones

mine

3 of 4 noun
ˈmīn
1
: a pit or tunnel from which minerals (as coal, gold, or diamonds) are taken
2
: a deposit of ore
3
: an underground passage dug beneath an enemy position
4
: an explosive device placed in the ground or water and set to explode when disturbed
5
: a rich source
a mine of information

mine

4 of 4 verb
ˈmīn
mined; mining
1
: to dig or form mines under a place
2
: to obtain from a mine
mine coal
3
: to lay military mines in or under
mine a harbor
4
: to work in a mine
miner noun
Etymology

Adjective

Middle English min "my," from Old English mīn

Noun

Middle English mine "a pit or tunnel for digging out coal, gold, or diamonds," from early French mine (same meaning)

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