landmine

or land mine

[ land-mahyn ]
/ ˈlændˌmaɪn /
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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.

Origin of landmine

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples 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.