Main definitions of mine in English

: mine1mine2

mine1

possessive pronoun

  • Used to refer to a thing or things belonging to or associated with the speaker.

    ‘you go your way and I'll go mine’
    ‘some friends of mine’
    • ‘Recently, a fully insured friend of mine was referred for a cardiology consultation.’
    • ‘K. 387 is a favorite of mine, and I found the Kodály Quartet's performance to be thrilling.’
    • ‘It seems an associate of mine has gotten himself into a bit of trouble.’
    • ‘Compared with some of my friends' childhoods, mine was paradise.’
    • ‘He talked about my stint at Portsmouth as though the two challenges, his at Anfield, mine at Portsmouth, could be reasonably compared.’
    • ‘Someone stole a very important scroll from an associate of mine.’
    • ‘Marian - your example of the handprints mirrors an experience of mine.’
    • ‘I got your name and contacts from a business associate of mine who recommends you as a trustworthy person.’
    • ‘Most were good friends of mine, which caused me to wonder if there might be a middle ground between no screeners and mass distribution.’
    • ‘Well, you mentioned that second book of mine about the parishes.’
    • ‘A good friend of mine passed along your wonderful recent article on architects, and I had to laugh and shudder at the same time.’
    • ‘We passed a house I remembered as belonging to an old friend of mine.’
    • ‘A writing teacher of mine used the term furniture moving to refer to wasted prose.’
    • ‘A lot of Scots must have been turned off by what a friend of mine calls the church alumni association.’
    • ‘A friend of mine always referred to him as Mr Buttoni after that.’
    • ‘I do know that the whiskey was a gift over 30 years ago from a business associate of a family member of mine.’
    • ‘They also do what a colleague of mine referred to as internal marketing.’
    • ‘The account was in my own name in the branch in Limerick city, but the address on the account belonged to a friend of mine living in England.’
    • ‘He is the son of an adopted child of a dear friend of mine.’
    • ‘He looked uncomfortable, but I told him it belonged to a friend of mine, and he relented and handed it over.’

possessive determiner

Archaic
  • (used before a vowel) my.

    ‘tears did fill mine eyes’
    • ‘Let not mine eyes be hell-driven from that light.’
    • ‘For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.’

Origin

Old English mīn, of Germanic origin; related to me and to Dutch mijn and German mein.

Pronunciation:

mine

/mʌɪn/

Main definitions of mine in English

: mine1mine2

mine2

noun

  • 1An excavation in the earth for extracting coal or other minerals.

    ‘a copper mine’
    • ‘But as new coal mines are developed, prices will ease somewhat.’
    • ‘Mittal bought the local coal and iron ore mines - including Shatinskaya - insulating the plant from steep increases in the price of raw materials for steel making.’
    • ‘In addition to working in the Yorkshire mills, many Scotsmen found employment in nearby coal mines, where their dogs were welcome as exterminators.’
    • ‘My grandfather worked in coal mines in Ireland and England for seven years, 10 hours a day, until he left his family forever and came to Minneapolis.’
    • ‘Another 23 miners perished in China's coal mines on April 24.’
    • ‘Factors such as the infrastructure committed to transporting millions of tonnes of coal from mines to washeries and then to power stations.’
    • ‘In my electorate, we have problems in the Huntly area, which are a consequence of the shafts in former coal mines.’
    • ‘Such an inexhaustible labour force was ruthlessly expended in the exploitation of Siberia's mineral wealth - the coal mines of Vorkuta and gold fields of Kolyma.’
    • ‘The film, set in the bleak and grim coal mines of northern China, tells about two robbers' schemes to extort compensation money by murdering innocent miners.’
    • ‘How an old political feud that sprouted 17 years ago amid the deep coal mines of Appalachia was settled this Spring in a Kentucky state Senate primary.’
    • ‘Work on the surface canal started at once under the supervision of James Brindley, while Gilbert paid more attention to the Duke's other undertakings and the development of the coal mines.’
    • ‘Upstream in the manufacturing of a steel can, iron ore is excavated in open pit mines.’
    • ‘In the past few years, to regulate coal production and improve mining safety, China has shut down thousands of small coal mines.’
    • ‘It also governs landscape features that delve down into the earth such as mines and quarries, wells, caves, holes or obscure valleys.’
    • ‘When my father died in 1938, I did as my older brother had done: I dropped out of school to work in the coal mines to supplement the family income.’
    • ‘The new generation of windmills is going up on former rangeland, exhausted oil fields, reclaimed coal mines and old farms.’
    • ‘The privatization of coal mines in Great Britain took more than 10 years of preparation - and that was in a market economy.’
    • ‘It is by far the most common method of working in European coal mines where the shallower seams have been depleted.’
    • ‘The valley where I lived was downstream from coal mines, and we sold lots of anti-inflammatories and arthritic medications.’
    • ‘In some cases, peat excavated from mines or reserve pits has been stockpiled.’
    pit, colliery, excavation, quarry, workings, diggings, lode, vein, seam, deposit, shaft, mineshaft
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    1. 1.1[in singular]An abundant source of something, especially information.
      ‘the text is a mine of information for biographers and historians’
      • ‘To sum up: the work under review is a mine of information, but many of its presuppositions are open to question.’
      • ‘The publication as a whole is a rich mine for those interested in figures.’
  • 2A type of bomb placed on or just below the surface of the ground or in the water, which detonates on contact with a person, vehicle, or ship.

    ‘his jeep ran over a mine and he was killed’
    • ‘Stout's team of up to 20 soldiers spent their days and nights clearing roads of bombs and mines so that supply trucks could safely travel throughout the region.’
    • ‘They were a precursor to modern mines, high-explosive devices that can be detonated by the completion of an electrical circuit, by pressure, or by a tripwire.’
    • ‘The insurgents also use mines, booby traps, and snipers, and they conduct large-scale terrorist actions involving hostage taking.’
    • ‘As I stepped out of our vehicle, I detonated one of the mines with my right heel.’
    • ‘The mines were found by his ship's company concealed below decks in a barge.’
    • ‘They could come out and put mines in the water, meaning the clearance effort would be for nothing.’
    • ‘Among other things, he detonated mines and bombs left behind from the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘Extensive ground battles also left a staggering amount of unexploded artillery and mortar shells, mines, rockets, grenades and other devices.’
    • ‘Once it was small-arms fire, now it is mines and bombs.’
    • ‘The most common equipment for sweeping contact mines in the Allied navies was the Oropesa sweep, so-called after the first ship to use it in 1919.’
    • ‘In that case British warships were damaged by mines in Albanian territorial waters.’
    • ‘All three ships were damaged by mines in recent times.’
    • ‘Apart from firing all unit small arms by day and night, soldiers threw grenades and fired claymore mines.’
    • ‘In addition to ships, it is also planned to make a wide use of mine sweeping helicopters, as well as 600S Skyships which can clear much vaster water areas of mines.’
    • ‘They also use homemade blast mines and grenades with trip wires.’
    • ‘There is going to be a very definite detection of mines and some bombs that have not been detonated off the coast of Hawaii.’
    • ‘You'll be armed with a rifle, frag grenades, and mines, with the ability to use motion sensors and electromagnetic detection goggles.’
    • ‘The insurgents place the mines on a road surface or shoulder or even in sewer lines.’
    • ‘42 mines were destroyed, largely the old buoyant contact mines from World War I which were laid in dense fields in the region.’
    • ‘Bombs, mines, and other war material also contaminated land and water and damaged flora and fauna.’
    1. 2.1historical A subterranean passage under the wall of a besieged fortress, especially one in which explosives were placed to blow up fortifications.
      • ‘The subterranean mines excavated beneath a fortress often had several galleries each with a terminal chamber holding large amounts of gunpowder.’
      • ‘Men who were expert in underground siege methods laboured to outwit each other in subterranean passages known as mines and countermines.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Obtain (coal or other minerals) from a mine.

    ‘the company came to the area to mine phosphate’
    ‘35 million tonnes of mined coal’
    • ‘Back in 1853, stonemason Nathaniel Hooker mined his stone from the Kawaroa Reef.’
    • ‘Now, 46 years after the last coal was mined, UK Coal thinks the case is closed and wants to suspend the mothballing and abandon the mine.’
    • ‘Around one million tonnes of coal remain to be mined, which at current production rates means 35 weeks more work at the site.’
    • ‘Most of the world's supply of this controversial mineral was mined in the Eastern Townships, providing traffic for the QCR.’
    • ‘Additionally, coal was mined from mesa outcroppings, requiring unprecedented coordination.’
    • ‘This home is actually located in the south of France, so presumably the marble was mined in France.’
    • ‘With no fresh coal being mined, it had been relatively easy to ask power workers not to accept it.’
    • ‘Residents will have their say on a scheme which could see a million tonnes of coal mined in their area of Bolton.’
    • ‘The agricultural sector of Angola has many more opportunities than mining diamonds.’
    • ‘The extrinsic material clearly shows that where one is mining limestone for the purpose of getting its inherent mineral qualities, the rebate still applies.’
    • ‘And since all mined diamonds have inclusions, flaws, and birthmarks, under magnification a trained jeweler can tell the difference.’
    • ‘Limestone was mined; drugs and people were smuggled.’
    • ‘Canadian diamonds are mined in the Northwest Territories, and this is one alternative to ensure that your diamond purchase does not support conflict.’
    • ‘The men complain they mine the coal all day and don't have enough to heat the barracks at night.’
    • ‘I say to Mr Smith that of course we will not be mining coal on the land, because there is no coal in the Wellington region.’
    • ‘In 1945, Germany had mined much coal but had no way of moving it from the mines to where it was needed.’
    • ‘The British colonial government had built it as a watch-station, lest anyone should try to break the government monopoly by mining his own salt.’
    • ‘Last year alone Angola's UNITA rebels mined alluvial diamonds worth around $300 million and effectively evaded UN sanctions.’
    • ‘And he got an invitation to tour the areas where the diamonds are mined, which fits in just fine with his studies, and maybe he'll get another small gift then as well!’
    • ‘When the hard anthracite coal is mined the very fine, gritty material is called culm.’
    quarry, excavate, extract, unearth, remove, draw, scoop out
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    1. 1.1Dig in (the earth) for coal or other minerals.
      ‘the hills were mined for copper oxide’
      [no object] ‘many financiers obtained concessions to mine for silver’
      • ‘It was then decided that a horizontal drive, to mine the exposed coal seam, should be dug.’
      • ‘From even that age they were to mine the earth for some kind of mineral.’
      • ‘The Psychlos have been mining the Earth for 1000 years.’
      • ‘Through the years, many of these deposits have been mined for iron and supported a number of foundries once present in the area.’
      • ‘The deposit at the Eureka tunnel was mined for cryolite and thomsenolite, which were used as a flux in the manufacture of glass bottles.’
      • ‘More would teach you how to mine for minerals, smelt metals, process the raw supplies.’
      • ‘Big Bone Cave was certainly mined for fertilizer in 1884, when excavation by a local farmer unearthed bones of an extinct giant sloth.’
      • ‘Two currently protected middens in this study, Green Mound and Tomoka State Park were mined for shell use for road building during the first half of the 20th century.’
      • ‘They form the coal measures that are now mined for power generation.’
      • ‘From 1765 to 1770 the Loudville deposit was again mined for lead.’
      • ‘Mountains were mined for all fossil fuels providing them with another five hundred years of energy.’
      • ‘Maybe Boone noticed crystals of potassium nitrate there, because the deep, loose floor was soon being mined for niter to make gunpowder.’
      • ‘New stones were being collected from the same quarry that had been mined for the original construction.’
      • ‘Hoping that they are rescue ships, he rushes out to them, only to discover that they are an alien race using slaves to mine for ore.’
      • ‘Reefs are also mined for building materials; e.g. in India coral is used to make cement.’
      • ‘Just 36 miles east of Salt Lake City in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains, Park City's rolling hills were once mined for silver.’
      • ‘Corn production for grain or silage is possible in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio on land reclaimed to modern standards after being surface mined for coal.’
    2. 1.2Dig or burrow in (the earth)
      ‘the earth beneath had been tortuously mined by pestilential rabbits’
      • ‘They bite through the baked soils to create labyrinths of tunnels up to three kilometres long and make a living mining giant tubers growing deep below the surface.’
    3. 1.3Exploit (a source of information or skill)
      ‘how do they manage to mine such a rich vein of talent?’
      • ‘For this reason, after a few publisher rejections, the novel was tabled by Heinlein, but the content was mined for his later stories and novels.’
      • ‘AV vendors have mined a rich seam of free publicity on the back of Sobig and Blaster.’
      • ‘Embodying abstract forms through both material and painterly means, Hogan created a fascinating body of work that should continue to be mined for its fresh ideas and directions.’
      • ‘Can we avoid being mined for people as well as minerals?’
      • ‘The story is mined for symbolic aspects which signify power and powerlessness.’
      • ‘The artist also continues to mine a rich vein of attenuated, vertical-format skyscraper paintings.’
      • ‘Other authors are mining the same rich seam of catastrophic potential.’
      • ‘As in East is East, he puts a human face on a potentially distasteful role, avoiding caricature and mining a deeper, richer humour as a result.’
      • ‘I'm not suggesting that the past shouldn't be mined for inspiration, but the industry can, and has done better since the days when we were all wearing shorts, carrying catapults and writing out lines.’
      • ‘The Scottish Arts Council hoped it would mine a rich seam of latent talent and take risks on fledgling authors spurned by larger companies.’
      • ‘The many cases of sidewise technological competition that have occurred in the business world can also be mined for insights.’
      • ‘It has been mined for instruction from innumerable perspectives.’
      • ‘Charles A. Ruud and Sergei A. Stepanov have mined a rich collection of memoirs and archival materials to explore the psychology and workings of the secret police.’
      • ‘Still others assume that the connection is so long term that newspaper good will can be mined for short-run financial gain with the consequences occurring far into the future.’
      • ‘Other legal systems (and particularly past ones) have no inherent normativity, or immediate lessons to provide, but they can be mined for good ideas in the construction of the present one.’
      • ‘Others are mining rich new veins - not of customers but of employees.’
      • ‘Best In Show director/co-writer/actor Christopher Guest has mined a rich vein of comedy out of the wannabe-famous.’
      • ‘She is mining from a rich vein of traditional heritage in the Erris region and adding a new impetus along the way.’
      • ‘Increasingly, video and computer games are being mined for material.’
      • ‘Since acquiring the label in 2001, Sanctuary have mined the rich seam of the Trojan back catalogue.’
    4. 1.4Analyse (a database) to generate new information.
      • ‘Every product purchased and scanned goes into some retailer's database, which then mines the data to see what, how much, when and where people are buying.’
      • ‘For example, is the backup for disaster recovery or for mining raw data?’
      • ‘This non-partisan, volunteer-run site mines parliamentary data to hold them to account.’
      • ‘Personal data mining means that I'd be mining my own data, learning about my own little world.’
      • ‘It means rigorously and smartly mining databases.’
      • ‘Under certain conditions, mining the data would be perfectly acceptable.’
      • ‘Yurgo knows he's sitting on a wealth of data about his best customers, and he hopes to start mining the database soon to tailor promotions to them.’
      • ‘It is not that they keep long term logs, more that the company that is doing the search on behalf of the government is actively mining their current databases.’
      • ‘Its algorithms could mine spacecraft data sets after a mission is over to seek out additional interesting observations.’
      • ‘I think organisations have decided that this year isn't the year to be spending on mining their data so that's definitely not doing as well as it has in the past.’
      • ‘There may be greater potential for searching out and mining statistical data produced by organizations that are relatively independent of the state.’
      • ‘As in other Internet sectors, information producers on the web will find mining data and selling information collected on customers highly profitable.’
      • ‘The company has mined its database to figure out which states, cities, and metro areas have registered the greatest number of Web addresses since 1998.’
      • ‘After the Enron collapse, Mike mined his database of company stats looking for signs that might have foretold the energy giant's downfall.’
      • ‘Information can be mined from the web, corporate intranets, databases, imaging systems, file servers, and other sources.’
      • ‘To be sure, no one has ever proved that the government has mined the central database to single out anyone for criticizing the Establishment.’
      • ‘And when terrorism alerts cause public officials to justify mining your private data, who knows what they will do with it all.’
      • ‘Since then, Lowe's has mined data to track sales and target customers.’
      • ‘Whilst its going to take a few weeks and months to get enough data to start analysing it, it should prove interesting to see if once I start mining the data I can draw any logical conclusions from what the spreadsheets tell me.’
      • ‘By mining these data, call centers can determine if they are providing adequate levels of services to customers based on the same criteria they use to route calls.’
    5. 1.5Obtain units of (a cryptocurrency) by running a computer process to solve specific mathematical problems.
      ‘if you're mining bitcoin you need to do it faster than anyone else’
      • ‘The only reason I keep the second card is because I can still make money mining whatever form is electronic currency is profitable at the moment.’
      • ‘This is not the first time that research computers have been misused for mining digital currency.’
      • ‘The digital currency is mined using specialized super computers which discover them by solving highly complex mathematical equations.’
      • ‘The IRS also says taxpayers who mine virtual currency are responsible for taxes on what they mine.’
      • ‘You have to download the software and set up a virtual wallet to receive the mined coin.’
      • ‘Mining virtual coins can cost more in electricity than you can make cashing them in.’
      • ‘Bitcoins are mined by a decentralized network of computers that guess solutions to a mathematical puzzle.’
      • ‘Techies are used to spending an ungodly amount of time mining virtual coins in online games.’
      • ‘There are three ways to invest in Bitcoin: Directly into the currency; into mining new Bitcoin; or setting up exchanges to help others trade in Bitcoin.’
      • ‘He explains how to start using the world's biggest virtual currency - and how to mine them yourself.’
  • 2Lay explosive mines on or just below the surface of (the ground or water)

    ‘the area was heavily mined’
    • ‘Colombian troops and US officials have mounted a search in the area to recover the missing Americans but the area is heavily mined and four Colombian soldiers are already reported to have been injured.’
    • ‘Initially the armed forces said they have plucked all the 87 infiltration routes in various border areas of Jammu by heavily mining them.’
    • ‘In 1986 the World Court ruled that the US had violated international law by mining the waters of Nicaragua and arming the Contras.’
    • ‘Everything that entered the area was obliterated and it is possible that the ground is still mined.’
    • ‘The lands in Luena and surrounding towns were heavily mined during the war.’
    • ‘Prior to their withdrawal, anticipating an Allied airborne invasion, the Nazis heavily mined the area.’
    • ‘Here, the Turks had heavily mined the water and mine sweeping trawlers had proved ineffective at clearing them.’
    • ‘A few returned each day to feed the cattle which could not be left untethered because much of the area is heavily mined.’
    • ‘Bagram is one of the most heavily mined areas in the country.’
    • ‘Various schemes for mining Norwegian territorial waters were considered in London.’
    • ‘But Russian forces have been held up by heavily mined roads and tough rebel resistance.’
    • ‘By late Wednesday evening, it was reported that the port was open for traffic and no one bothered to ask how was such a heavily mined port demined in such a short time?’
    • ‘Air drops of food were also, MSF argued, a last option as there was no guarantee that food would get into the hands of the most needy people, and collection was dangerous as Afghanistan was heavily mined.’
    • ‘The balls would soar out over the sand bags and barbed wire protecting our position, and into the perimeter, which happened to be mined heavily.’
    • ‘Paula says she travelled along a main road used during the Pol Pot genocide and it was heavily mined.’
    • ‘Many people living in Svay Sor know the land they live and work on is heavily mined but they have no choice but to work the fields.’
    • ‘In Angola heavily mined roads meant food aid had to be transported by air, raising costs dramatically.’
    defend with mines, protect with mines, lay with mines, sow with mines
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    1. 2.1Destroy by means of an explosive mine.
      ‘HMS Ocean was mined in the Dardanelles in 1915’
      • ‘The evidence of the few survivors of the Hampshire showed that Lord Kitchener was below when the ship was mined.’
      • ‘This means that underground communications in the rear and at the flanks of the troops on the offensive should be guarded, mined or destroyed.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French mine (noun), miner (verb), perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Welsh mwyn ore, earlier mine.

Pronunciation:

mine

/mʌɪn/