countermine

[noun koun-ter-mahyn; verb koun-ter-mahyn, koun-ter-mahyn]

noun

Military. a mine intended to intercept or destroy an enemy mine.
a counterplot.

verb (used with object), coun·ter·mined, coun·ter·min·ing.

to oppose by a countermine.

verb (used without object), coun·ter·mined, coun·ter·min·ing.

to make a countermine.
Military. to intercept or destroy enemy mines.

Origin of countermine

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at counter-, mine2
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countermine

noun (ˈkaʊntəˌmaɪn)

military a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by an enemy
a plot to frustrate another plot

verb (ˌkaʊntəˈmaɪn)

to frustrate by countermeasures
military to take measures to defeat the underground operations of (an enemy)
military to destroy enemy mines in (an area) with mines of one's own
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