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

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Recent Examples on the Web The Interior Department finalized management plans Thursday to open Utah lands formerly under national monument protections to drilling, mining, and grazing development. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Brouillette touts new funding for cleaner coal plants," 7 Feb. 2020 Woods, who is now president of the company, and her father work together going to trade shows, mining in their own claims in Oregon and running the Cedarburg store. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hunt for rocks and fossils at these 2 Wisconsin destinations," 18 Oct. 2019 Last year, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt decided to preserve the agency’s veto option over the Army Corps permitting process, saying that mining in Bristol Bay’s headwaters could risk harming the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery. Los Angeles Times, "Alaska Natives and fishermen sue EPA for reversing Pebble Mine decision," 8 Oct. 2019 Blackjewel also furloughed most of its Wyoming employees and shut down two massive surface mines, the first idled by hardship since coal mining in the western region exploded in the 1970s. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coal miners blocking rail shipments end protest," 26 Sep. 2019 Coal mining was for years a bulwark against utter economic ruination, but regulation, a lengthy permitting process, and other factors both economic and geological pushed what remains of the region’s coal business away toward other communities. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The White Ghetto," 23 July 2019 In 2008, after mining in South Africa was interrupted by blackouts, prices climbed above $10,000 an ounce. The Economist, "Daily chart The price of rhodium reaches an 11-year high," 21 Jan. 2020 The Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council approved including mining for minerals like copper, silver, lithium, and others as projects covered by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST, Act. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Oil and gas temper expectations for ‘phase one’ China deal," 16 Jan. 2020 The probability of rain heavy enough to halt the mining in southeastern China of rare-earth elements, vital to many electronic devices, will rise from 2.5% now to 6% by 2050. Greg Ip, WSJ, "For the Economy, Climate Risks Are No Longer Theoretical," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mining

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Feb 2020

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“Mining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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

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