min·​ing ˈmī-niŋ How to pronounce mining (audio)
: the process or business of working mines
: the activity or process of searching through large amounts of information for specific data or patterns
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Examples of mining in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shafer knows that federal and state laws and politicians tend to favor mining. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 Residents of Navarro County, Texas, started a petition last year opposing a bitcoin mining facility in their area. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 7 Sep. 2023 To monitor sand mining across the world, UNEP developed its data platform called Marine Sand Watch. Justine Calma, The Verge, 5 Sep. 2023 Over the years since the 1971 passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, several of the Native corporations created by that law have been conveyed lands tainted by contaminants, typically leftover from military, mining or industrial operations from several decades in the past. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Sep. 2023 The historic rail and mining town of Helper celebrated the completion of its river revitalization project this year. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 2023 Dropbox will no longer offer unlimited storage on its Advanced plan due to a growing number of users abusing the policy for unacceptable use cases including cryptocurrency mining. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 25 Aug. 2023 There’s a corn pit, giant slides, a trike track, playgrounds, gem mining and more. Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2023 While China dominates rare-earth mining, the U.S. has one lone operational mine. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mining was in the 14th century

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“Mining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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: the process or business of working mines
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