One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who works in a mine.‘he worked as a miner at Wearmouth Colliery for 27 years’‘the miners were freed after spending four days trapped underground’
pitman, digger, collier, haulierView synonyms
- ‘After the suspicious death of a miner at a disused colliery in Wales, the Doctor investigates the owner, Global Chemicals.’
- ‘While drilling for coal deep in the Quecreek mine, 18 miners hit an old abandoned shaft filled with ground water.’
- ‘An explosion in an eastern Kentucky coal mine killed five miners yesterday while one other miner was able to get out alive.’
- ‘The organisation of services at collieries and contact with miners gave him great pleasure.’
- ‘Five miners were killed in mine accidents in 2002.’
- ‘In consequence the value of lead and the skills needed to mine the ores enabled miners to sustain their social independence from the attempts of feudal magnates to control them.’
- ‘The narrow mine shafts meant miners often had to work on their sides by candlelight.’
- ‘Interviews with miners and mine executives established that many companies took the test equipment and placed it in equipment rooms or near air intake ducts.’
- ‘The first blast occurred as eight miners were transporting coal to the surface, hurling them toward the mouth of the 100-metre deep shaft.’
- ‘Small events had a big impact: a miner from Dennington colliery came to stay with me and my family while he was in London collecting money.’
- ‘Last week Government consultants working on its new energy policy visited Maltby Colliery to hear the miners' views on its future.’
- ‘Last July the spotlight was on 125 miners at the Oakdale mine who were sacked with $6.3 million in entitlements owed to them.’
- ‘Last month the Doncaster-based firm said up to 40 miners at the colliery would have to lose their jobs in order for the pit to stay afloat.’
- ‘In the first hours, both the company and local authorities attempted to play down the extent of the tragedy, denying that many miners were in the mine at the time of the fire.’
- ‘Rescuers are frantically trying to reach more than 40 miners trapped in a coal mine that is filling fast with water.’
- ‘Anyone who ever saw the way mining communities created miners ' welfare centres and the like knows that by working collectively to change the conditions in which we live we change ourselves.’
- 1.1 A person who obtains units of a cryptocurrency by running computer processes to solve specific mathematical problems.‘anyone can become a bitcoin miner’
- ‘Once miners unearth 21 million coins, that's the total number of bitcoins that could possibly ever exist.’
- ‘The miners have a coin that has real value because from minute one, you can use it to purchase these particular services.’
- ‘The high power envelopes combined with the high efficiency numbers should make the power supplies ideal for coin miners.’
- ‘The miners verify the blockchain and add their digital stamps (notaries) to show the proof of work.’
- ‘Miners pool their computing power to spread the financial risk of their operations.’
- ‘As the currency has gathered momentum, miners have piled in.’
- ‘Virtual currency miners will report their earnings as taxable income, and will be subject to payroll taxes if they mine as part of a business.’
- ‘The computing power of the network that runs Bitcoin doubled in October, pushing out all but the most dedicated (and richest) miners.’
- ‘Miners offer competitive fees to facilitate bitcoin transactions, ensuring that transaction fees stay low’
- ‘The issuance regime of Bitcoin allocates new coins to the miners.’
2historical A person who dug tunnels in order to destroy an enemy position with explosives.
- ‘While working in tunnels, miners looked for listening tunnels and countermines of the defender.’
- ‘As well as digging their own tunnels, the miners had to listen out for enemy tunnellers.’
3A small South American bird of the ovenbird family, which excavates a long burrow for breeding.
Genus Geositta, family Furnariidae: several species
- ‘As their name suggests, miners make their nests in holes along creek banks or in burrows.’
- ‘The rufous-banded miner is a neotropical ovenbird (Furnariidae) that is widespread in the southern Andes.’
4short for leaf miner
- ‘These miners live on the leaf and feed from these tissues.’
- ‘It has been assumed that damage caused by these miners inhibits the plants overall ability to photosynthesize.’
Middle English: from Old French minour, from miner ‘to mine’ (see mine).
An Australian bird of the honeyeater family, having a loud call.
Genus Manorina, family Meliphagidae: five species, including the bell miner or bellbird (M. melanophrys), with greenish plumage and a bell-like call
- ‘The Indian Myna is from the starling family, while the Australian miners are honeyeaters and grey in colour.’
- ‘Miners nest communally, laying their eggs in a nest made in the fork of a tree.’
Early 19th century: variant of mynah.
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