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
It was made clear that my career trajectory was not mine to own. Kate Wieczorek, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 LaKeith Stanfield as Apollo on 'The Changeling' | Credit: Apple TV+ Such haunting lore allowed the creative team, which features LaValle himself as series narrator, to mine parenthood in new ways. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2023 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
Noun
For example, developing countries could agree to expedite permits for mines and processing facilities that produce the metals needed for batteries and other green technologies. Peter E. Harrell, Foreign Affairs, 26 Feb. 2024 But mines that closed generations ago operated when few if any rules were in effect. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 25 Feb. 2024 Mother-daughter relationships are complicated, and mine is no exception. Cheryl Maguire, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 Among them is the pending expansion of southwestern Wyoming’s Black Butte coal mine, which has been approved by state officials and is awaiting federal approval, according to the industry group. Matthew Brown, The Denver Post, 21 Feb. 2024 One thing that really sucked was having to constantly answer and report on someone else’s life, someone else’s affair, that was just not mine. Krystie Lee Yandoli, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 These reclaimed surface mines, Cox says, have the potential to become Gatlinburg without commercialization. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 20 Feb. 2024 Its multiple mines produced more than 8 billion pounds of copper as well as large amounts of gold, silver, lead and zinc over the near century of mining. Brenna Gauchat, The Arizona Republic, 16 Feb. 2024 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
Verb
This happens every four years and will continue until all 21 million bitcoins are mined. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 28 Feb. 2024 China, for instance, has been mining Western social media, including Facebook and X, to furnish its security services with information on foreign targets, The Washington Post reported in 2021. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2024 With the help of tech teams, marketing teams can mine data for insights into consumers’ experience with the company’s products or services, such as the rate of return customers, positive reviews or even cost savings. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Nearly 3 million ounces of gold and 8 billion pounds of copper, along with silver, lead and zinc, were mined out of Bisbee since minerals were discovered there in the 1870s, according to the Bisbee Visitor Center website. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 17 Feb. 2024 Games organizers say the metal is all recycled, not newly mined. John Leicester, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2024 Collective spirits also sink when Mork steers the ship into waters that turn out to be mined, leading to a tragic accident. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 31 Jan. 2024 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 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

Dictionary Entries Near mine

Cite this Entry

“Mine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mine. Accessed 2 Mar. 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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