Origin of mining
verb (used without object), mined, min·ing.
verb (used with object), mined, min·ing.
Origin of mine2
Synonyms for mine
Related Words for miningdrilling, boring, pitting, burrowing, quarrying, tapping, digging, prospecting
Examples from the Web for mining
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of mining
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.
Word Origin for mine
Word Origin for mine
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).
see back to the salt mines; gold mine; your guess is as good as mine.