- 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.
Origin of mine1
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for mine on Thesaurus.com
- the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself.
- (used to denote the narrator of a literary work written in the first person singular).
- Metaphysics. the ego.
Origin of I
- Mineral Engineer.
Examples from the Web for mine
There was a lot of prison fiction from movies and books to mine.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS
January 8, 2015
I gave a reading last week with someone who had taken a class of mine.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
I wanted to be anonymous, as some of these people were friends of mine.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
It reminds me of an uncle of mine who said the London Blitz was irritating.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
She then concluded with the assertion that, “The story and the characters of Girl Online are mine.”Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
Her parents knew of this fact, but mine were ignorant of it.
Of course this isn't all mine; it includes ma's and Psyche's.
He is a countryman of mine; and I know he is as avaricious as an Odomantian.
I tell you he's alive and well, only he's lost your money and Pish's and mine and his own.
“And mine uncle was from the New Forest in Hampshire,” he said.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- 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
- 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
- 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
- something shaped like an I
- (in combination)an I-beam
- dot the i's and cross the t's to pay meticulous attention to detail
- the imaginary number √–1Also called: j
- (subjective) refers to the speaker or writer
- Italy (international car registration)
Word Origin and History for mine
"pit or tunnel in the earth for obtaining metals and minerals," c.1300, from Old French mine "vein, lode; tunnel, shaft; mineral ore; mine" (for coal, tin, etc,), of uncertain origin, probably from a Celtic source (cf. Welsh mwyn, Irish mein "ore, mine"), from Old Celtic *meini-. Italy and Greece were relatively poor in minerals, thus they did not contribute a word for this to English, but there was extensive mining from an early date in Celtic lands (Cornwall, etc.). From c.1400 as "a tunnel under fortifications to overthrow them."
"lay explosives," 1620s, in reference to old tactic of tunneling under enemy fortifications to blow them up; a specialized sense of mine (v.1) via a sense of "dig under foundations to undermine them" (late 14c.), and miner in this sense is attested from late 13c. Related: Mined; mining.
explosive device, by 1850, from mine (v.2).
12c. shortening of Old English ic, first person singular nominative pronoun, from Proto-Germanic *ekan (cf. Old Frisian ik, Old Norse ek, Norwegian eg, Danish jeg, Old High German ih, German ich, Gothic ik), from PIE *eg-, nominative form of the first person singular pronoun (cf. Sanskrit aham, Hittite uk, Latin ego (source of French Je), Greek ego, Russian ja, Lithuanian aš). Reduced to i by mid-12c. in northern England, it began to be capitalized mid-13c. to mark it as a distinct word and avoid misreading in handwritten manuscripts.
The reason for writing I is ... the orthographic habit in the middle ages of using a 'long i' (that is, j or I) whenever the letter was isolated or formed the last letter of a group; the numeral 'one' was written j or I (and three iij, etc.), just as much as the pronoun. [Otto Jespersen, "Growth and Structure of the English Language," p.233]
The form ich or ik, especially before vowels, lingered in northern England until c.1400 and survived in southern dialects until 18c. The dot on the "small" letter -i- began to appear in 11c. Latin manuscripts, to distinguish the letter from the stroke of another letter (such as -m- or -n-). Originally a diacritic, it was reduced to a dot with the introduction of Roman type fonts.
- An underground excavation in the Earth from which ore, rock, or minerals can be extracted.
- The number whose square is equal to -1. Numbers expressed in terms of i are called imaginary or complex numbers.
- The symbol for electric current.
- The symbol for iodine.
Idioms and Phrases with mine
see back to the salt mines; gold mine; your guess is as good as mine.
see dot the i's and cross the t's.