[ mahy-ning ]
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  1. the act, process, or industry of extracting ores, coal, etc., from mines.

  2. the laying of explosive mines.

  1. Digital Technology. the act or process by which cryptocurrency transactions, especially bitcoin, are verified and new cryptocurrency is generated: computer networks are used to solve sets of mathematical problems, that, when solved, yield a unit of that currency.

Origin of mining

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English: “undermining (walls in an attack)”; mine2 + -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for mining


/ (ˈmaɪnɪŋ) /

  1. the act, process, or industry of extracting coal, ores, etc, from the earth

  2. military the process of laying mines

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