Origin of mining
- 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
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Examples from the Web for mining
So, Schmidt followed the gold rush to the El Paso mountains and claimed an area of mining land.The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere
November 28, 2014
Eventually, he said, he spoke with a former official who had worked on a contract for the mining company.
“I understood the consequences of mining done poorly,” Schultz said.
Some Wisconsin lawmakers suspect the full amount the mining company poured into such groups may never be known.
On March 6, Schultz cast the deciding vote against the mining bill, the only Republican to oppose it.
I heard Mr. Shepler and my father talking about some of your mining properties.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
In engineering, in mining, in invention, there are endless possibilities.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Daddy had a good deal of that in his business, being in a mining country.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Probably they are old fogies, if they are in the mining business.'
They are mining for mica, but the mine is more valuable in other respects than it is as a mica property.
- the act, process, or industry of extracting coal, ores, etc, from the earth
- military the process of laying mines
- 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
Word Origin and History for mining
1520s, verbal noun from mine (v.1).
"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).
- An underground excavation in the Earth from which ore, rock, or minerals can be extracted.
Idioms and Phrases with mining
see back to the salt mines; gold mine; your guess is as good as mine.