\ 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 There’s also oodles of information about the history of the mines and the people that once worked there at the Kennecott Visitor Center. Bailey Berg, Anchorage Daily News, "Biggest of the big: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Kennecott Mines," 28 May 2020 Soon after, a longtime friend of mine (and godmother to my eldest child) moved in with us, as well. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "This ‘full house’ isn’t a cute sitcom," 27 May 2020 This has always been a dream of mine and Marquette has helped prepare me to make this dream a reality. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette's Brendan Bailey won't return to Marquette and will pursue a pro basketball career," 22 May 2020 Unprecedented disruptions to mines and supply chains have thrown the outlook for industrial and precious metals into disarray, just as demand is hit by prospects for the steepest recession in almost a century. Maria Elena Vizcaino, Bloomberg.com, "Mine Shutdowns Plague Metals Even as Some Slowly Return to Work," 15 May 2020 The argument supposes that a Green New Deal would take jobs from carbon emitting industries—like airlines, mines, and others currently struggling to adapt to reduced demand in a COVID-19 world—forcing the country into recession. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Calls for ‘green’ economic recovery plans are growing louder—except from the GOP," 14 May 2020 With markings like mine and horns, bearing a lightsaber. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Read the exclusive first excerpt of 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Stories of Light and Dark'," 4 May 2020 In one, they were asked to determine what united a series of seemingly unrelated words (fish, mine, and rush, for instance—the answer is gold). Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, "The Perks of Being a Weirdo," 3 Apr. 2020 All the brothers had other income that was unrelated to law enforcement, with stakes in mines and saloons and occasional work as bartenders and private security. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 26 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Russian operatives were partnering with rebels to mine diamonds. Jaclyn Peiser, New York Times, "The New York Times Won 3 Pulitzers. Read the Winning Work.," 4 May 2020 Five men founded me in Two Harbors, Minn., in 1902, aiming to mine for a mineral used in sandpaper. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: This rental company isn’t a household name but is an impressive performer," 15 Mar. 2020 So, a lot of brands approach TikTokers, yes, to create partnered content, but also just to mine their youthful brains for expertise. Michelle Santiago Cortés, refinery29.com, "How To Make Money On TikTok, According To Brands, Experts, & TikTokers," 9 Mar. 2020 The settlers will need to build an entire industrial base to mine the Red Planet, and there are many steps in mining. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Inside Elon Musk’s plan to build one Starship a week—and settle Mars," 5 Mar. 2020 Ernaux, who is seventy-nine years old, is not well known outside of France, but in her native country she is considered something of a literary lioness, for her stouthearted willingness to mine material from her own life. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” Is More Than a “Manifesto on the Female Gaze”," 4 Mar. 2020 The Ghanain government is also considering plans to sell some of that land to Chinese developers to mine for bauxite, a mineral important for creating aluminum. National Geographic, "Togo slippery frog," 2 Mar. 2020 Calipari has previously railed against the graduate transfer rule allowing mid-major programs to be mined for their top talent by high-major teams. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Why new transfer rule might not mean more additions for Kentucky basketball," 21 Feb. 2020 American mining company Albemarle pays the local Chilean government to mine the salt flats for lithium. Calum Trenaman, Stef Blendis And Nicki Shields, CNN, "Remote desert powering electric car revolution," 10 Feb. 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 5 Jun. 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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