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

Definition of mining

: the process or business of working mines

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The Iran’s mining campaign began in earnest in 1987. Washington Post, "Oil tanker attacks echo Persian Gulf’s 1980s ‘Tanker War’," 14 June 2019 Milch’s HBO film, which premiered last week, catches up 10 years later with the denizens of Deadwood, beginning with the mining camp's ferociously eloquent kingpin Al Swearingen, portrayed by British actor Ian McShane. Hugh Hart,, "Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant enjoyed stellar roles between ‘Deadwood’ gigs," 13 June 2019 The machine was one of the first mining shovels to be equipped with a round dipper stick that allowed the bucket to swivel. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 But the other Chinese mining mecca is Inner Mongolia, which runs on coal. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "Bitcoin's Climate Impact Is Global. The Cures Are Local.," 12 June 2019 Since 1950, the number of mining jobs around the country has tumbled 88 percent. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Trump says "coal is back," but use of the rock at a 41-year low," 11 June 2019 Some favorite hikes include the Greens Creek Trail (5.85 miles, ending at an old mining site), Sugarloaf Creek Trail (2 miles of forest) and Hirz Bay Trail (a scenic 2-mile walk featuring mountain vistas). Jill K. Robinson,, "Renting a houseboat on Shasta Lake? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 Bear Priest, clerk of Richland Township, said his municipality is required to allow the mining in certain areas, despite strong public opposition. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Emails show MDOT let lobbyist steer report on gravel shortage for Michigan roads," 6 June 2019 Dmytro Firtash was indicted in 2014 for what federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois allege was his role in bribing Indian officials in order to get a lucrative mining deal to sell titanium to Boeing. NBC News, "Lawyer: Dmytro Firtash could be extradited to U.S. by early July," 6 June 2019

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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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