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 May, nearly a dozen miners were arrested during a protest outside a mine. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2021 For now the only thing stopping the company’s biggest mine from adding more climate pollution to the atmosphere is an underground fire that idled production last month. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, 17 Sep. 2021 In Cleveland today, Morton Salt owns a salt mine under Lake Erie to produce rock salt! Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 16 Sep. 2021 It is named after the historic town and Tesla coal mine established on the site in the 19th century. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2021 Old mine shafts, trees and the remnants of buildings have reappeared at one of California's largest reservoirs, Lake Oroville. Jiovanni Lieggi, Fox News, 14 Sep. 2021 The local employer was an asbestos mine, above the lake. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 Commercially speaking, her discography is a Harry Winston’s inside a diamond mine. Allure, 11 Sep. 2021 Building up domestic supply chains is part of the solution, for example a major lithium mine that opened this year in Nevada. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Facebook is desperate to mine the metadata, the social graphs, to push ads and business services. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 For this production, Brown, who grew up in Queens, plans to continue to mine the same influences and push them further. Adam Green, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2021 Devi refuses to mine her life for inspiring content. Abby Govindan, Vulture, 15 July 2021 The endorsement also shows Giannoulias is able to mine support from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, 14 July 2021 Further, Rocah believes the opinion means police won’t be able to mine the cache of 950,000 images for new evidence to introduce in open cases. Washington Post, 25 June 2021 Further, Rocah believes the opinion means police won’t be able to mine the cache of 950,000 images for new evidence to introduce in open cases. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, 24 June 2021 Debswana is a 50/50 partnership between Botswana and De Beers to mine the gems in the southwestern African nation. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 Mel Tucker continues to mine his Georgia recruiting connections to build Michigan State football’s roster. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 13 June 2021

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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 Celtic origin; akin to Welsh mwyn ore

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“Mine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mine. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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mine

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of mine (Entry 2 of 3)

: that which belongs to me : my one : my ones
: my home : my place

mine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mine (Entry 3 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 4 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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