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

In the armed conflict, the mines were the most effective mechanism to do damage. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 Your reach is much greater than, obviously, what mine was. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Unlike some athletes, former NFL star Maurice Jones-Drew doesn’t want to be a venture capitalist," 23 Oct. 2018 That being said, [mine is] more of a military academy. Constance Grady, Vox, "7 authors tell us how 20 years of Harry Potter shaped their lives," 31 Aug. 2018 Though, mine is humble, ubiquitous, and doesn't generally require a savings plan. Leeann Duggan, Glamour, "An Ode to Levi's 501s, the Greatest Jeans Of All Time," 22 Aug. 2018 The mine is near the border with the Czech Republic, and is preparing a new corridor for extraction works at a depth of 900 metres. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Major methane study complicates plans of oil and gas industry," 21 June 2018 The mine is also the largest property tax payer in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, according to the governor's office. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Interior gold mine gets new life, $100M expansion," 17 June 2018 During filming, Bourdain borrowed Bob McKinnery's old coal miner's lunch box for a trip to an underground coal mine to stay true to their way of life. Southern Living, "West Virginia Couple from 'Parts Unknown' Receives Gift from Anthony Bourdain a Day Before His Death," 12 June 2018 Try a favorite of mine, Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Awakening Lip Balm, which adjusts to the individual chemistry of your lips, making them radiant. Nuy Cho, Redbook, "12 Korean Beauty Hacks for Perfect Skin," 17 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To her frustration, Jon doesn't bend the knee, but Dany still gives his men the green light to mine the land for dragonglass. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "This Is How Season 7 of 'Game of Thrones' Ended," 13 Apr. 2019 Many big companies are mining data from their own health plans and public records and working with consultants to compare physicians, searching for those with the best results and competitive costs. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "Walmart, Other Employers Get Choosier About Workers’ Doctors," 4 Apr. 2019 Companies have mined about 4 billion tons of coal from federal reserves in the past decade, contributing $10 billion to federal and state coffers through royalties and other payments. Matthew Brown, The Seattle Times, "States ask court to stop Trump from reviving US coal sales," 12 Dec. 2018 By the time the Snowden cache had been largely mined out, hundreds of files—ranging from PowerPoint presentations to dumps of Internal Wikis and Web discussion boards—had been reviewed and revealed by journalists. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 At one point, the agents were actually mining new Bitcoin, a process that involves using computers to unlock new Bitcoin by solving complex computational problems. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, "12 Russian Agents Indicted in Mueller Investigation," 13 July 2018 Shea McClellin, Matt Paradis, Leighton Vander Esch — Boise State has mined Idaho's small schools in recent years and found some gems. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "The next small-town Idaho football star at Boise State? Broncos land in-state commit," 19 June 2018 Think Gil Brandt, the team’s original scouting chief who mined the talent for the two title teams of the 1970s and 13 consecutive winning seasons. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Might Johnson, Brandt or Novacek get Ring of Honor call before Witten, Ware and Romo?," 18 June 2018 The area where the body was found used to be the site of housing and the commissary for workers who mined the red ore. Carol Robinson, AL.com, "Retaliation abduction, murder of man left in dump tied to former Green Bay Packer Carlos Gray's slaying," 2 May 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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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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