\ 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


singular or plural in construction

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 Travel is a big hobby of mine, and has become one for my family. Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 This is constantly happening with a relative of mine. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 Having the legendary Greg Kurstin produce any song of mine is always a dream come true. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2022 One is a sense that friends of mine have that our reality is doctored. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Compared to other works of mine, this body of work exists as fragments, rather than one single narrative line. Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2022 While at a get-together with old friends of mine, one of them waited until RJ went to the bathroom to ask me about my ex-husband and his well-being. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2022 Even with so much going on, all eyes were on the clothes (including Janet Jackson’s—an icon and personal favorite of mine). Remi Bader, ELLE, 8 Sep. 2022 While at a get-together with old friends of mine, one of them waited until RJ went to the bathroom to ask me about my ex-husband and his well-being. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is a weird and wonderfully expansive story, adroitly executed by Morosini with the compassion to mine it for humanism rather than droll, oddball quirk. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 In 1989 Paul Jensen brought sediments from the Bahamian seafloor back to his lab at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography to mine them for medically useful bacteria. Stephanie Stone, Scientific American, 23 July 2022 To mine those environments for humor was important to me to keep the reader engaged and entertained. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 18 Aug. 2022 For Bitcoin miners, which can power on and off operations with the flip of a switch, taking ERCOT’s payout rather than continuing to mine Bitcoin during times of tight power supply makes a lot of sense. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 12 July 2022 Meanwhile, the switch to proof-of-stake will affect thousands of people who mine Ether, many of whom have expended significant capital on the endeavor. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 19 Aug. 2022 Instead, MiamiCoin has primarily served as a volatile asset that makes money for the city government based on its value among investors who mine and trade it on the crypto market. Scott Nover, Quartz, 16 May 2022 Instead of investing in bullion or futures, an investor can purchase the shares of companies that mine and produce gold and perhaps other metals. Bob Carlson, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of mine


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


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

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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23 Aug 2022

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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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