mining

[ mahy-ning ]
/ ˈmaɪ nɪŋ /

noun

the act, process, or industry of extracting ores, coal, etc., from mines.
the laying of explosive mines.

Origin of mining

1250–1300; Middle English: undermining (walls in an attack); see mine2, -ing1

Definition for mining (2 of 2)

mine2
[ mahyn ]
/ maɪn /

noun

verb (used without object), mined, min·ing.

verb (used with object), mined, min·ing.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM mine

un·mined, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mining (1 of 3)

mining
/ (ˈmaɪnɪŋ) /

noun

the act, process, or industry of extracting coal, ores, etc, from the earth
military the process of laying mines

British Dictionary definitions for mining (2 of 3)

mine1
/ (maɪn) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for mining (3 of 3)

mine2
/ (maɪn) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of mine

minable 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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Science definitions for mining

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 mining

mine

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

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