landmine

or land mine

[ land-mahyn ]
/ ˈlændˌmaɪn /

noun Military.

an explosive charge concealed just under the surface of the ground or of a roadway, designed to be detonated by pressure, proximity of a vehicle or person, etc.

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Origin of landmine

First recorded in 1885–90
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Example sentences from the Web for landmine

  • Moments later, he activated a landmine, resulting in his death, leaving those color images as his final photographs.

    Capa in Color|Justin Jones|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
  • A decorated veteran, Kent sustained major injuries when he stepped on a landmine during his tour of duty in Vietnam.

    An American Prairie Feast|Sophie Menin|July 17, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • This landmine ban came into force in 1999, and more than 150 states have now ratified or acceded to the Ottawa Treaty.

British Dictionary definitions for landmine

land mine

noun

military an explosive charge placed in the ground, usually detonated by stepping or driving on it
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