Definition of mining

: the process or business of working mines

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Iron-ore prices jumped on Monday after the collapse of a dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA killed more than 60 people, fueling speculation of lower supply ahead. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Iron Ore Prices Surge Over Supply Concerns After Vale Mining Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 The mining firm fought and won a court battle with the fraud office over attorney-client privilege concerning the agency’s ability to seize documents arising from an internal investigation. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.K. Drops Prosecution of Mining Executive," 6 Nov. 2018 Though the company does not have a technology agreement with ICE like its counterparts, Gizmodo noted that Amazon provides support to a data-mining firm that does. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Demonstrators Were Arrested While Protesting Amazon and Microsoft's Associations With ICE," 2 Aug. 2018 But a Nicholson aide downplayed the connections between the candidate and the data-mining firm. Daniel Bice And Mary Spicuzza, USA TODAY, "How Wisconsin GOP operative Mark Block linked Steve Bannon to Cambridge Analytica," 21 Mar. 2018 But a Nicholson aide downplayed the connections between the candidate and the data-mining firm. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin GOP operative Mark Block helped link Steve Bannon, Cambridge Analytica," 21 Mar. 2018 Katowice has a long history of coal mining, an industry that experts say can’t continue for much longer if global goals to cut carbon emissions are to be met. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "Climate talks shift to nitty-gritty details of Paris accord," 5 Dec. 2018 The article shows whites, on the other hand, dressed in modern clothing and engaged in recognizably modern activities such as farming, mining, and outdoor recreation. Kainaz Amaria, Vox, "National Geographic’s November cover falls back on a racist cliché," 1 Nov. 2018 The Echo sits in your house, looks very simple and small, but has these big roots that connect to huge systems of production: logistics, mining, data capture, and the training of AI networks. James Vincent, The Verge, "This beautiful map shows everything that powers an Amazon Echo, from data mines to lakes of lithium," 9 Sep. 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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