mining

noun

Definition of mining

  1. :  the process or business of working mines

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14th Century

First Known Use of mining

14th century

Other Mining and Drilling Terms


MINING Defined for English Language Learners

mining

noun

Definition of mining for English Language Learners

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


MINING Defined for Kids

mining

noun min·ing \ˈmī-niŋ\

Definition of mining for Students

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



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