mine

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[mahyn]
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pronoun

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.

Nearby words

  1. mindoro,
  2. mindscape,
  3. mindset,
  4. mindshare,
  5. mindszenty,
  6. mine detector,
  7. mine dump,
  8. mine examiner,
  9. mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord,
  10. mine-sweeper

Origin of mine

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English mīn my; cognate with Old Norse mīn, German mein, Gothic meina; see me

mine

2
[mahyn]

noun

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 mine

2
1275–1325; 1875–80 for def 5; (v.) Middle English minen < Old French miner (cognate with Provençal, Spanish minar, Italian minare) < Vulgar Latin *mīnāre, probably < a Celtic base *mein-; compare MIr méin, Welsh mwyn ore, mineral; (noun) Middle English < Middle French, perhaps noun derivative of miner; compare Medieval Latin mina mine, mineral

Related formsun·mined, adjective

I

[ahy]

pronoun, nominative I, possessive my or mine, objective me; plural nominative we, possessive our or ours, objective us.

the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.

noun, plural I's.

(used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
Metaphysics. the ego.

Origin of I

before 900; Middle English ik, ich, i; Old English ic, ih; cognate with German ich, Old Norse ek, Latin ego, Greek egṓ, OCS azŭ, Lithuanian aš, Sanskrit ahám

Can be confusedaye eye I

Usage note

See me.

Min.E.

Mineral Engineer.
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British Dictionary definitions for mine

mine

1

pronoun

something or someone belonging to or associated with memine is best
of mine belonging to or associated with me

determiner

(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

noun

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

verb

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 Formsminable or mineable, adjective

Word Origin for mine

C13: from Old French, probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish mein, Welsh mwyn ore, mine

i

I

noun plural i's, I's or Is

the ninth letter and third vowel of the modern English alphabet
any of several speech sounds represented by this letter, in English as in bite or hit
  1. something shaped like an I
  2. (in combination)an I-beam
dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail

i

symbol for

the imaginary number √–1Also called: j

I

1

pronoun

(subjective) refers to the speaker or writer

Word Origin for I

C12: reduced form of Old English ic; compare Old Saxon ik, Old High German ih, Sanskrit ahám

I

2

symbol for

chem iodine
physics current
physics isospin
logic a particular affirmative categorial statement, such as some men are married, often symbolized as SiPCompare A, E, O 1
(Roman numeral) oneSee Roman numerals

abbreviation for

Italy (international car registration)

Word Origin for I

(for sense 4) from Latin (aff) i (rmo) I affirm

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Word Origin and History for mine
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Medicine definitions for mine

I

The symbol for the elementiodine
i The symbol forcurrent

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Science definitions for mine

mine

[mīn]

An underground excavation in the Earth from which ore, rock, or minerals can be extracted.

i

[ī]

The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.

I

The symbol for electric current.
The symbol for iodine.
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Idioms and Phrases with mine

mine

see back to the salt mines; gold mine; your guess is as good as mine.

i

see dot the i's and cross the t's.

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