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

The idea would be to consolidate the industry into a few bigger mines that would operate according to strict environmental and labor guidelines. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Your Makeup the Result of Child Labor?," 16 Oct. 2018 The firm, which applied in the first round of permitting, has zoning approval in Pottsville to put a grow on top of a former coal mine overlooking the Fairlane Village Mall in Schuylkill County. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Where the Weed Things Are: Marijuana growers eye former Strawbridge's, U.S. Steel plant," 29 June 2018 There were few Americans in the crowd and maybe 300 or so Brits, most of whom worked at a nearby mine. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Soccer star's death recalls biggest U.S. win in World Cup history," 18 June 2018 Louisville's Mega Cavern is a former limestone mine that boasts 4 million square feet and is home to a zip line ride, bicycle park and storage facilities for everything from documents to yachts. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "10 fun (and weird) facts about Louisville you probably didn't know," 18 June 2018 There are several canaries in the coal mine — take the case of famous actress Fan Bingbing, for instance. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "2018 was the year Chinese internet users evaded censorship — briefly," 20 Dec. 2018 Anyway, Jug rushes off to find Archie… …which Fred and Tom are also trying to do, especially after finding the dead Shadow Lake boys in the mines. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead's Dad Is Up to Something on Riverdale and It's Probably Totally Bad," 29 Nov. 2018 In many ways, real estate will be the canary in the coal mine of climate change. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 Armstrong officials also are charged with making false statements about test results required every 60 days to protect those who work in the dustiest and most dangerous positions in the coal mines. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky coal mine officials charged with cheating on key safety tests," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The accident highlights the dangers mining operations can pose to communities around them and comes just weeks after a dam operated by iron-ore giant Vale SA collapsed in Brazil. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Glencore Contractor in Congo Spills Acid, Killing 20," 22 Feb. 2019 Still, celebrities keep mining the era for inspiration, updating their social media with outfits that look straight out of 1995. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Revives a Forgotten ’90s Trend," 31 Jan. 2019 Ever since Bitcoin mania took the world by storm, thousands of people have been employing large computer rigs to mine them. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Bitcoin's Ridiculous Electricity Usage Has Already Doubled This Year," 17 May 2018 If postelection unrest escalates and reaches the country’s usually stable southeast regions, mining companies will be under pressure to initiate emergency protocols such as evacuating staff and shutting down production. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Congo Keeps Voters in the Dark About Election Results," 2 Jan. 2019 The Obama administration blocked the sale of new leases in 2016 out of concerns over climate-changing greenhouse gases from burning coal and to review royalty rates paid by mining companies for federal coal. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales," 12 Dec. 2018 Wyoming is not the only state that allows self-bonding for mining companies. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "As coal stalls, Wyoming considers new environmental clean-up rules," 20 Sep. 2018 Years of attempts to mine the sands profitably here have failed. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 China is encouraging its population to wear health monitors around the clock, offering scope for AI to mine huge amounts of information, with hopes that intelligent machines will be able to predict illnesses, or diagnose them earlier than doctors. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "China plans to dominate AI, with a vanguard of robotic doctors like 'Biomind'," 6 July 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 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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