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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
mine1 /maɪn/USA pronunciation
pron. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
mine2 /maɪn/USA pronunciation
n., v., mined, min•ing.
- the form of the pronoun I used to show possession after the verb be:The yellow sweater is mine.
- the form of the pronoun I used to refer to a thing or things that belong to the speaker:Mine is on the left. He was a good friend of mine.
- Miningan area dug up for minerals, as ore, coal, or precious stones:the diamond mines of South Africa.
- an abundant source; store:a mine of information.
- Militaryan explosive device placed in the ground or in the water that is designed to blow up when enemy troops, vehicles, or ships pass near it.
min•er, n. [countable]miners out on strike.
- Miningto dig in (the earth) for extracting a mineral substance: [no object]to mine for a year before striking gold.[~ + object]to mine an area for years.
- Miningto dig out (a mineral) from a mine: [no object]to mine for gold.[~ + object]to mine gold, diamonds, and silver.
- Military to place mines, as in military or naval operations[~ + object]to mine the entrance to the harbor.
- to use for extracting material from[~ + object]to mine every reference book available.
- a form of the possessive case of I used as a predicate adjective:The yellow sweater is mine.
- something that belongs to me:Mine is the red car.
- [Archaic.]my (used before a word beginning with a vowel or a silent h, or following a noun):mine eyes; lady mine.
(mīn), n., v., mined, min•ing.
Old English mīn my;
cognate with Old Norse mīn, German mein, Gothic meina;
- Miningan excavation made in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, precious stones, etc.
- Mininga place where such minerals may be obtained, either by excavation or by washing the soil.
- Mininga natural deposit of such minerals.
- an abundant source;
store:a mine of information.
- Militarya device containing a charge of explosive in a watertight casing, floating on or moored beneath the surface of the water for the purpose of blowing up an enemy ship that strikes it or passes close by it.
- Militarya similar device used on land against personnel or vehicles; land mine.
- Militarya subterranean passage made to extend under an enemy's works or position, as for the purpose of securing access or of depositing explosives for blowing up a military position.
- Plant Diseasesa passageway in the parenchyma of a leaf, made by certain insects.
- Miningto dig in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, etc.;
make a mine.
- Miningto extract coal, ore, or the like, from a mine.
- to make subterranean passages.
- Militaryto place or lay mines, as in military or naval operations.
- Miningto dig in (earth, rock, etc.) in order to obtain ores, coal, etc.
- Miningto extract (ore, coal, etc.) from a mine.
- to avail oneself of or draw useful or valuable material from:to mine every reference book available in writing the term paper.
- to use, esp. a natural resource:to mine the nation's forests.
- to make subterranean passages in or under; burrow.
- to make (passages, tunnels, etc.) by digging or burrowing.
- to dig away or remove the foundations of.
- Militaryto place or lay military or naval mines under:to mine an enemy supply road.
- Agriculture[Agric.]to grow crops in (soil) over an extended time without fertilizing.
- Ecologyto remove (a natural resource) from its source without attempting to replenish it.
4 . supply, stock, fund, hoard.
1875–80 for def. 5;
(verb, verbal) Middle English minen Old French miner (cognate with Provencal, Spanish minar, Italian minare) Vulgar Latin *mīnāre, probably a Celtic base *mein-;
compare Middle Irish méin, Welsh mwyn ore, mineral;
(noun, nominal) Middle English Middle French, perh. noun, nominal derivative of miner;
compare Medieval Latin mina mine, mineral
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mine /maɪn/ pron
- something or someone belonging to or associated with me: mine is best
- of mine ⇒ belonging to or associated with me
Etymology: Old English mīn; compare Old High German, Old Norse mīn, Dutch mijn
- (preceding a vowel)
an archaic word for my: mine eyes, mine host
mine /maɪn/ n
- a system of excavations made for the extraction of minerals, esp coal, ores, or precious stones
- any deposit of ore or minerals
- a lucrative source or abundant supply: she was a mine of information
- a device containing an explosive designed to destroy ships, vehicles, or personnel, usually laid beneath the ground or in water
- a tunnel or sap dug to undermine a fortification
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish mein, Welsh mwyn ore, mine
- to dig into (the earth) for (minerals)
- to make (a hole, tunnel, etc) by digging or boring
- to place explosive mines in position below the surface of (the sea or land)
- to undermine (a fortification) by digging mines or saps
- another word for undermine