Definition of mining 

: the process or business of working mines

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Workers in certain industries—including construction, oil drilling, mining, plastics, and food processing—can be exposed to acrylamide through skin contact or inhalation. Jenny Splitter, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Those Cancer Warnings for Your Coffee?," 13 June 2018 In April, Maryland saw job losses in government; manufacturing; education and health services; financial activites; professional and business services; mining, logging and construction; and leisure and hospitality. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Maryland unemployment stays at 4.3 percent in April," 18 May 2018 With the violence-prone Boris not exactly the picture of patience, Lucas takes a chartered jet to Mirny, a mining town in Siberia where Pyotr might be hanging out. Kenneth Turan,, "Review: Keanu Reeves is stranded in the low-energy romantic thrills of 'Siberia'," 10 July 2018 Lobster to a community in Maine is like coal in a coal mining town. NBC News, "Trade war threatens to destabilize Maine lobster industry at peak season," 7 July 2018 Mackay sailed for the Pacific Coast, landing in the northern mining town of Downieville, Calif. Patrick Cooke, WSJ, "‘The Bonanza King’ Review: The Man Who Hit the Mother Lode," 5 July 2018 Godless’’ embraces the tropes of both a rollicking ’50s western and the darkly philosophical anti-westerns of the late ’60s and early ’70s, but with the feminist twist of an 1880s mining town run entirely by women widowed by a silver-mine collapse. Scott Tobias,, "How TV has brought the western into the 21st century," 5 July 2018 Velasquez in April pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and child abuse charges in the deaths of her children in Superior, a hardscrabble mining town of about 2,900 people some 60 miles east of Phoenix. CBS News, "Autopsies of 2 kids found dead in Arizona car shows they died of exposure," 3 July 2018 As a lobbyist, Wheeler’s best-paying client was the coal mining firm Murray Energy, which paid the firm $300,000 or more annually from 2009 through 2017, according to records from the Center for Responsive Politics. Steven Mufson,, "With Andrew Wheeler at the helm, EPA likely to stay the course," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of mining

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of mining

: the process or business of digging in mines to obtain minerals, metals, jewels, etc.


min·ing | \ ˈmī-niŋ \

Kids Definition of mining

: the process or business of digging in mines to obtain minerals

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