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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
mine1 /maɪn/USA pronunciation   pron. 
  1. the form of the pronoun I used to show possession after the verb be:The yellow sweater is mine.
  2. 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.

mine2 /maɪn/USA pronunciation   n., v., mined, min•ing. 

n. [countable]
  1. Miningan area dug up for minerals, as ore, coal, or precious stones:the diamond mines of South Africa.
  2. an abundant source; store:a mine of information.
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Miningto dig out (a mineral) from a mine: [no object]to mine for gold.[+ object]to mine gold, diamonds, and silver.
  3. Military to place mines, as in military or naval operations[+ object]to mine the entrance to the harbor.
  4. to use for extracting material from[+ object]to mine every reference book available.
min•er, n. [countable]miners out on strike.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
mine1  (mīn), 
  1. a form of the possessive case of I used as a predicate adjective:The yellow sweater is mine.
  2. something that belongs to me:Mine is the red car.
  3. [Archaic.]my (used before a word beginning with a vowel or a silent h, or following a noun):mine eyes; lady mine.
Etymology:bef. 900;
Middle English;
Old English mīn my;
cognate with Old Norse mīn, German mein, Gothic meina;
see me

mine2  (mīn), 
n., v., mined, min•ing. 

  1. Miningan excavation made in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, precious stones, etc.
  2. Mininga place where such minerals may be obtained, either by excavation or by washing the soil.
  3. Mininga natural deposit of such minerals.
  4. an abundant source;
    store:a mine of information.
  5. 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.
  6. Militarya similar device used on land against personnel or vehicles; land mine.
  7. 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.
  8. Plant Diseasesa passageway in the parenchyma of a leaf, made by certain insects.

  1. Miningto dig in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, etc.;
    make a mine.
  2. Miningto extract coal, ore, or the like, from a mine.
  3. to make subterranean passages.
  4. Militaryto place or lay mines, as in military or naval operations.

  1. Miningto dig in (earth, rock, etc.) in order to obtain ores, coal, etc.
  2. Miningto extract (ore, coal, etc.) from a mine.
  3. to avail oneself of or draw useful or valuable material from:to mine every reference book available in writing the term paper.
  4. to use, esp. a natural resource:to mine the nation's forests.
  5. to make subterranean passages in or under; burrow.
  6. to make (passages, tunnels, etc.) by digging or burrowing.
  7. to dig away or remove the foundations of.
  8. Militaryto place or lay military or naval mines under:to mine an enemy supply road.
  9. Agriculture[Agric.]to grow crops in (soil) over an extended time without fertilizing.
  10. Ecologyto remove (a natural resource) from its source without attempting to replenish it.
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
4 . supply, stock, fund, hoard.
  • Mineral Engineer.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    mine /maɪn/ pron
    1. something or someone belonging to or associated with me: mine is best
    2. of minebelonging to or associated with me
    1. (preceding a vowel)
      an archaic word for my: mine eyes, mine host
    Etymology: Old English mīn; compare Old High German, Old Norse mīn, Dutch mijn
    mine /maɪn/ n
    1. a system of excavations made for the extraction of minerals, esp coal, ores, or precious stones
    2. any deposit of ore or minerals
    3. a lucrative source or abundant supply: she was a mine of information
    4. a device containing an explosive designed to destroy ships, vehicles, or personnel, usually laid beneath the ground or in water
    5. a tunnel or sap dug to undermine a fortification
    1. to dig into (the earth) for (minerals)
    2. to make (a hole, tunnel, etc) by digging or boring
    3. to place explosive mines in position below the surface of (the sea or land)
    4. to undermine (a fortification) by digging mines or saps
    5. another word for undermine
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish mein, Welsh mwyn ore, mine


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