Definition of mining 

: the process or business of working mines

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The county requires mining and asphalt operations to secure an air-quality permit. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 Murray has also donated significant amounts of money to Trump and is a vociferous critic of any regulation on mining and coal industries. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Trump tweet: EPA head Scott Pruitt is resigning," 5 July 2018 For Tagwalk, mining and selling data analytics is where the real money is. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Tagwalk Wants to Be the Google of Fashion," 5 July 2018 Pratt sees this as the cure for a long list of problems plaguing mining and transportation business owners, investors, and managers. Joseph N. Distefano,, "America's robot future: Rajant celebrates new HQ, plans for growth," 2 July 2018 The plaintiffs argued that fossil fuel companies are creating a public nuisance by mining and marketing products that emit greenhouse gases, and should be liable for the impacts. Umair Irfan, Vox, "San Francisco and Oakland sued oil companies for causing climate change. A judge dismissed the cases.," 26 June 2018 The reporters, with persistence, data-mining and shoe-leather reporting, substantiated the proliferation of Airbnb offerings in rental buildings that prohibit them. The U-t,, "UT business reporters win first place for story on short-term vacation rentals," 22 June 2018 The northeast region of England is classic post-industrial Europe, a relic to mining and shipbuilding. Rodney Jefferson,, "The City That Defined Brexit Has Given Up," 21 June 2018 Flores began mining and smelting operations in 1865. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Historic California Ghost Town Is Up For Sale," 16 June 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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