\ 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.



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


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

Other Words from 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: Noun Design is a love of mine and I've always been attracted to the way documentaries can bring social impact. Risa Sarachan, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Fruit smoothies are a favorite of mine when the heat is killing me. Matt Jancer, Wired, 10 Aug. 2022 One of mine is not showing up to the peaceful protest on Jan. 6th in Washington D.C.. Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2022 One of my best friends, Chris Estrada, started writing a show with some other homies of mine, Pat Bishop, Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson. Ali Lerman, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Yes, some of them are boring (the majority of mine are about work), but many are entertaining, incisive and occasionally problem-solving. David G. Allan, CNN, 4 Aug. 2022 Years ago, cousin of mine got carjacked on the side of the road while attempting to help someone in need. Vogue, 3 Aug. 2022 Ensuring veterans have access to quality care is a priority of mine. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 2 Aug. 2022 So all the mitochondria in all of your cells, Steve, and all of mine, are inherited from our mothers. Steven Strogatz, Quanta Magazine, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But aside from the rare battle between Bennets and the undead, Austen's stories mine narrative riches out of relatively mundane goings-on at English manors, among members of a few local families. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 7 Aug. 2022 The little rock formation on the right will generate gold every 20 seconds or so, which either faction can mine with a melee unit. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 18 May 2022 And the right kind of interpreter can mine magic from this kind of locale and its abundant clichés. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 14 June 2022 In Bitcoin’s early years, a crypto enthusiast could mine coins by running software at home, but as digital assets have become more popular, the amount of power necessary to generate Bitcoin has soared. New York Times, 7 June 2022 Some may market themselves as free, but covertly mine your Web surfing for profit, or hand it over to the government. Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Forestieri was motivated to mine her life during Donald Trump’s presidential run in 2016, agitated by his rhetoric around Latinos and immigrants. Rodrigo Cid, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 Or will Prime Video be able to mine its sister company’s library for projects? Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Mar. 2022 Rajasthan, a state in the western part of the country, is hoping to mine the rare mineral, according to a report in Business Standard. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 28 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *mina, probably of Celtic origin; akin to Welsh mwyn ore

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\ 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.



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.


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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