mine

adjective
\ˈmīn \

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 company is also reviewing a possible sale of its Hemlo gold mine in Canada and its 50% stake in its Kalgoorlie mine in Australia, these people said. Jacquie Mcnish, WSJ, "Barrick Gold Retreats From Digital Reinvention," 6 Dec. 2018 Lo and behold, a life of lagom basically represents the opposite of mine. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 8 Best Lessons I Learned Living the Lagom Life," 31 Oct. 2018 But Tianqi partners with Albemarle to operate a large lithium mine in Australia. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Lithium giants feud over competition, brine in Chile’s Atacama Desert," 21 Oct. 2018 Seven children had been smothered to death in mica mines in the span of just two months. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Your Makeup the Result of Child Labor?," 16 Oct. 2018 The phone in your hand is the end-product of an even more convoluted chain; one that relies on human labor from mines in Africa, assembly lines in China, and standing desks in San Francisco. James Vincent, The Verge, "This beautiful map shows everything that powers an Amazon Echo, from data mines to lakes of lithium," 9 Sep. 2018 These 60-tonne yellow trucks are a familiar sight around Pakistan’s largest open pit mine in the Thar desert. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Women’s shared misery enabled better friendship," 27 May 2018 First in episode 2, when Sabrina and the Weird Sisters are leading a group of football players into the mines, and again in episode 10 when Harvey and Sabrina are discussing Tommy Kinkle's fate. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Did You Miss Jughead's Appearance In 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?'," 30 Oct. 2018 The diamond was named for the mine's owner, Thomas Cullinan, and was a massive 3,106 carats. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Wore a Heart-Shaped Brooch to Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Narratively, his storytelling fell within the gendai-geki genre of film, television, and theater, mining contemporary Japanese life for its subject matter. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Why There’s Never Been a Better Time to Celebrate Yasujirō Ozu," 12 Dec. 2018 Bitcoin mining has long been dominated by specialized ASIC chips, so the most popular cryptocurrency mined with GPUs is ether, the cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The blockchain bonanza is over for graphics card makers," 17 Aug. 2018 That is especially the case with lithium, a metal mined by a relatively small group of big suppliers in countries from Chile to Australia. Scott Patterson, WSJ, "Lithium Boom Raises Question: What Is Its Price?," 27 Nov. 2018 Creating design gold from mining waste Femke Rijerman, courtesy Design Academy Eindhoven Mining is an incredibly wasteful and environmentally destructive process. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The most bizarre and brilliant projects from a Dutch design fair," 5 Nov. 2018 The weight savings sprang from details mined by Williams, literally rounding mass off of parts and adding full carbon-fiber bodywork. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018 Players can mine Iron or earn it in other unspecified ways, then spend it on games at Robot Cache. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Robot Cache, a Steam rival that lets you sell your 'used' games and mine cryptocoins, opens signups," 17 Aug. 2018 Ukraine mined coal and Latvia housed automotive factories. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 In this small but evocative show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which is dedicated to Mr. Rollins, who died last year, Tim Rollins & K.O.S. is paired with Glenn Ligon, another artist who has mined history to make art. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 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

Middle English min, from Old English mīn — more at my

Pronoun, singular or plural in construction

see mine entry 1

Noun

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

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mine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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 2 of 2)

: 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 \

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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