- 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
Synonyms for mine
Examples from the Web for unmined
Historical Examples of unmined
Outside the German mine-fields, and in any inshore areas which were unmined, German patrol craft would probably be stationed.The Blocking of Zeebrugge
Alfred F. B. Carpenter
The point they chose was the nearest practicable bay that was unmined.Some Principles of Maritime Strategy
Julian Stafford Corbett
- 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
Word Origin for mine
- 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 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).
- An underground excavation in the Earth from which ore, rock, or minerals can be extracted.
see back to the salt mines; gold mine; your guess is as good as mine.