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

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 80-year-old security guard gunned down at work at a western Jefferson County strip mine is being remembered as a man a faith, wisdom and a great love for his large family. Carol Robinson |, al, 29 Nov. 2021 Both worked at the same active strip mine in western Jefferson County. Carol Robinson |, al, 26 Nov. 2021 Money said both victims worked at the Blue Creek Road location as security guards at an active strip mine. Carol Robinson |, al, 24 Nov. 2021 Flight 93 went down on the barren site of an old strip mine, where generations of laborers had extracted bituminous coal. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 While upholding parts of the BLM’s analysis, Barlow faulted the agency for touting the strip mine’s economic impact without also examining what carbon pollution is doing to global climate systems. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021 On first blush, crafting almost commands the player to see the island as a mere strip mine—not to mention neighboring islands visited only for resource extraction and then forgotten forever. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2020 The Navajo company bought the 275-worker Spring Creek strip mine along the Wyoming border and two mines in Wyoming last year from bankrupt Cloud Peak Energy. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2020 Kentucky Humane Society President Lori Redmon said there are three additional surviving horses near the strip mine. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of strip mine

1926, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2022

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“Strip mine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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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