open·​cast ˈō-pən-ˌkast How to pronounce opencast (audio)
chiefly British
: worked from a surface open to the air
an opencast mine
opencast mining

Examples of opencast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To the south is the lunar landscape of a city-sized opencast lignite mine. The Economist, 29 June 2019 The bright white-and-dark-blue–striped areas on the right side of this image are opencast coal mines in midwestern Germany. Betsy Mason, WIRED, 15 Oct. 2009

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Word History

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of opencast was in 1713

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Cite this Entry

“Opencast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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