\ ˈmīn How to pronounce mine (audio) \

Definition of mine

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: my used before a word beginning with a vowel or hthis 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 myYour 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)
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 endless battle to block a giant new coal mine in Queensland, Australia, heated up last week, as the traditional owners of the Wangan and Jagalingou lands blocked access to the construction site. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "How Fast Is the Climate Changing?: It’s a New World, Each and Every Day," 3 Sep. 2020 Williams is director of regional affairs for the Pebble mine and a longtime Bristol Bay fisherman. Anchorage Daily News, "California startup turns Bristol Bay salmon skins into a fried snack," 25 Aug. 2020 Many are built piecemeal throughout the life of a mine. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "Catastrophic failures raise alarm about dams containing muddy mine wastes," 20 Aug. 2020 The city has a proposal to turn a former mine into a Lime Sludge disposal site for materials from the city’s water treatment plant. Steve Lord, chicagotribune.com, "Aurora hires second lobbyist," 17 Aug. 2020 Similarly, in 2019, the administration gave a Chilean conglomerate the go-ahead to build a copper mine outside the Boundary Waters, threatening the trackless million-acre wilderness. Jr Sullivan, Field & Stream, "Has President Trump Kept His Word to Hunters and Gun Owners?," 13 Aug. 2020 A year after the Supreme Court upheld the state's moratorium, a Wise County judge recently agreed, the Danville Register and Bee reports, meaning the commonwealth won't see a uranium mine anytime soon. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Big Oil is tumbling, and California wants to remove a giant dam," 7 Aug. 2020 In the chaos of the war and its aftermath, the Herzog collection was scattered across Europe, with pieces ending up in Germany, Russia, Poland and in a castle and salt mine in Austria. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Martha Nierenberg, Holocaust survivor who sought to reclaim looted family art collection, dies at 96," 6 Aug. 2020 But in 2017, state media reported six people died when the roof of a mine collapsed. Star Tribune, "Video suggests explosions in North Korean city near China," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the early days of Bitcoin, people could mine the cryptocurrency in their homes using cell phones or laptops. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "There’s (digital) gold in them thar hills: Crypto giant DCG is betting $100 million on mining Bitcoin in North America," 27 Aug. 2020 Pets could get applications from political companies that mine consumer information. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Addressing rumors and voter fears, LaRose says Nov. 3 election will happen and mail voting will be secure," 12 Aug. 2020 Whether it’s hiring an intern or turning over the database to cleveland.com to mine the 19-year-old technology, editors on This Week in the CLE, cleveland.com’s daily half-hour news podcast, believe Ohioans should know where the virus is spreading. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Cleveland City Council could use subpoenas to investigate whether nuclear bailout corruption aimed to destroy Cleveland Public Power: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020," 11 Aug. 2020 The question of whether or not to mine them, for uranium or for petroleum in particular, hasn’t started with Trump. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Trump Wants to Mine the Grand Canyon for Uranium," 11 Aug. 2020 Many reportedly mine by hand without any affiliation to mining companies. Fox News, "Tanzanian miner finds third rare tanzanite gem worth millions after record haul," 7 Aug. 2020 Even when other countries mine their own deposits, the ore often must go through China for processing. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "A new Wheat Ridge plant will process rare earths, which aren’t so rare but are critical for iPhones and electric cars," 12 Jan. 2020 The plague has given all of us a chance to mine the fields of perspective. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's TML: Nick Castellanos at DH helps the Reds field the best team possible this year," 8 July 2020 By redirecting them to perform the compute-intensive workloads required to mine digital coins, the attackers found a means to generate large amounts of currency at little or no cost. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Machine-learning clusters in Azure hijacked to mine cryptocurrency," 11 June 2020

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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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The first known use of mine was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Mine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mine. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for mine

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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