strip mine


Definition of strip mine

: a mine that is worked from the earth's surface by the stripping of overburden especially : a coal mine situated along the outcrop of a flat dipping bed

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Other Words from strip mine

strip-mine \ ˈstrip-​ˌmīn How to pronounce strip-mine (audio) \ verb
strip miner noun

Examples of strip mine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The land includes areas that had formerly been strip mined for lignite coal and then reclaimed, the lakes that have formed on top of those areas, and a 1,000 acre industrial site. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Would you like an aluminum smelter with that ranchland? That’ll be $250 million," 23 May 2018 These are American landscapes where drill rigs and strip mines simply don’t belong. Matt Lee-ashley, Fortune, "Commentary: Secretary Zinke’s Empty Promise to Fund the National Parks," 16 Apr. 2018 Recovered from the mountain area Letšeng strip mine in January, the stone is believed to be the fifth-largest gem-quality diamond ever recovered. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, "Fifth-largest gem quality diamond in world history sells for $40M," 13 Mar. 2018 Cuccinelli describes with outrage the economic conditions in southwestern Virginia, where many mountaintop strip mines have closed. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "How the EPA's Scott Pruitt Became the Most Dangerous Member of Trump’s Cabinet," 8 Feb. 2018 In November 1999, the state added another 1,650 acres of strip mine lakes and lands west of Essex as the first purchase for $7 million in then-Gov. Robert Themer, The Seattle Times, "EXCHANGE: Natural resources official ends long career," 9 Feb. 2018 One of the sections of the San Miguel lignite coal strip mine near Campbellton is seen Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in an aerial image. Jennifer Hiller, San Antonio Express-News, "Pipeline company and coal mine brawl over South Texas ranch," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of strip mine

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strip mine was in 1926

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“Strip mine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of strip mine

: a mine that is dug by removing the surface of a large piece of land one section at a time

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