[ mahyn ]
/ maɪn /
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.
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Definition for mine (2 of 3)
[ mahyn ]
/ maɪn /
an excavation made in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, precious stones, etc.
a place where such minerals may be obtained, either by excavation or by washing the soil.
a natural deposit of such minerals.
an abundant source; store: a mine of information.
a 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.
a similar device used on land against personnel or vehicles; land mine.
a 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.
a passageway in the parenchyma of a leaf, made by certain insects.
verb (used without object), mined, min·ing.
to dig in the earth for the purpose of extracting ores, coal, etc.; make a mine.
to extract coal, ore, or the like, from a mine.
to make subterranean passages.
to place or lay mines, as in military or naval operations.
verb (used with object), mined, min·ing.
to dig in (earth, rock, etc.) in order to obtain ores, coal, etc.
to 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, especially 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.
to place or lay military or naval mines under: to mine an enemy supply road.
Agriculture. to grow crops in (soil) over an extended time without fertilizing.
to remove (a natural resource) from its source without attempting to replenish it.
Origin of mine2
First recorded in 1275–1325; 1875–80 for def. 5; Middle English verb minen, from Old French miner (cognate with Provençal, Spanish minar, Italian minare ), from assumed Vulgar Latin mīnāre, probably from an unattested Celtic base mein-; compare Middle Irish méin, Welsh mwyn “ore, mineral”; Middle English noun from Middle French, perhaps noun derivative of miner “to mine”; compare Medieval Latin mina “mine, mineral”
OTHER WORDS FROM mineun·mined, adjective
Definition for mine (3 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for mine (1 of 2)
/ (maɪn) /
something or someone belonging to or associated with memine is best
of mine belonging to or associated with me
(preceding a vowel) an archaic word for my 1 mine eyes; mine host
Word Origin for mine
Old English mīn; compare Old High German, Old Norse mīn, Dutch mijn
British Dictionary definitions for mine (2 of 2)
/ (maɪn) /
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 supplyshe 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
a groove or tunnel made by certain insects, esp in a leaf
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
Derived forms of mineminable or mineable, adjective
Word Origin for mine
C13: from Old French, probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish mein, Welsh mwyn ore, mine
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Scientific definitions for mine
[ mīn ]
An underground excavation in the Earth from which ore, rock, or minerals can be extracted.
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Idioms and Phrases with mine
see back to the salt mines; gold mine; your guess is as good as mine.
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