min·​ing | \ ˈmī-niŋ How to pronounce mining (audio) \

Definition of mining

1 : the process or business of working mines
2 : the activity or process of searching through large amounts of information for specific data or patterns image/video mining

Examples of mining in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The loan application indicated that the money was needed to help the Ukrainian mining company, the filings show. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Justice Department seeks to seize 55 Public Square through forfeiture over money laundering allegations," 30 Dec. 2020 Before his appointment, Sadikin was a former chief executive of state lender PT Bank Mandiri and state mining company PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium. Arys Aditya,, "Jokowi Replaces Indonesia Health Minister as Covid Deaths Spike," 22 Dec. 2020 Reporting on a country-by-country basis is less onerous than doing so on a contract-by-contract basis, said Jonathan Drimmer, a former deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer at mining company Barrick Gold Corp. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "SEC Approves Scaled-Back Disclosure Rule for Energy, Mining Companies," 16 Dec. 2020 The mining company also announced Friday that Gary Nagle, who heads its coal business, will become CEO. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Trump EPA declines to tighten soot standards, setting up challenge for Biden," 7 Dec. 2020 Mohr, like Ries and Capecchi, lives in a house that was once owned by a mining company employee. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, "Mining company pauses Grey Cloud Island expansion," 30 Nov. 2020 Peabody Energy, now the world's largest private coal mining company, is once again cutting jobs and flirting with bankruptcy. Matt Egan, CNN, "Trump's coal rescue was doomed from the beginning," 15 Nov. 2020 There, the mining company De Beers unearths some 4 million carats’ worth of diamonds annually. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Industrial waste can turn planet-warming carbon dioxide into stone," 3 Sep. 2020 This would not permanently protect Bristol Bay since the mining company could revise their proposal and reapply for a permit. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, "Will the Trump Administration Change Course on Alaska’s Pebble Mine? Key Republicans Are Rallying in Opposition," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mining

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Feb 2021

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“Mining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mining

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


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Kids Definition of mining

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

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