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

Definition of mining

: the process or business of working mines

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The craft will also map the chemistry and mineralogy of this carbon-rich asteroid, a point of interest for anyone interested in a future career in space mining. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Spacecraft That's About to Play Tag with an Asteroid," 16 Nov. 2018 The true picture of resource mining can take decades to emerge. James Vincent, The Verge, "This beautiful map shows everything that powers an Amazon Echo, from data mines to lakes of lithium," 9 Sep. 2018 There is perhaps no industry that better captures the money-multiplying effect of the Permian boom than the out-of-nowhere emergence of West Texas as a rival to the original capital of U.S. frack-sand mining in northwestern Wisconsin. David Wethe / Bloomberg, Time, "Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton," 10 July 2018 The increasing use of the cloud for video streaming is a major factor driving the need for ever more capacious data centers, as is the rise of bitcoin mining. Feargus O'sullivan, WIRED, "Denmark's Carbon Footprint Is Set to Balloon—Blame Big Tech," 26 June 2018 Spain did not lift restrictions on female workers in mining, electricity and some construction jobs until 1995. The Economist, "Labour laws in 104 countries reserve some jobs for men only," 26 May 2018 Perelman is himself a graduate of the Wharton School, named after Joseph Wharton, a 19th century entrepreneur who made his fortune in metal mining. Anna Orso,, "A school with your name gets you remembered, right? Wrong. Students often know nothing about the names behind their schools.," 25 Apr. 2018 Miami-Dade added the most jobs — 4,300 — in mining, logging and construction, followed by 3,900 in manufacturing; 3,700 in education and health services; 3,400 in professional and business services; and 600 in trade, transportation and utilities. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Construction jobs abound in South Florida as unemployment declines," 20 Apr. 2018 The group has already invested about $250 million to date, mainly in mining. Loni Prinsloo,, "Moti Doubles Zimbabwe Investments as Economy Seen Opening Up," 19 Mar. 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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