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

possessive determiner

Archaic
  • (used before a vowel) my.

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

mine

/mīn/

Main definitions of mine in English

: mine1mine2

mine2

noun

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

    ‘a copper mine’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upstream in the manufacturing of a steel can, iron ore is excavated in open pit mines.’
    • ‘It also governs landscape features that delve down into the earth such as mines and quarries, wells, caves, holes or obscure valleys.’
    • ‘Factors such as the infrastructure committed to transporting millions of tonnes of coal from mines to washeries and then to power stations.’
    • ‘But as new coal mines are developed, prices will ease somewhat.’
    • ‘The valley where I lived was downstream from coal mines, and we sold lots of anti-inflammatories and arthritic medications.’
    • ‘The new generation of windmills is going up on former rangeland, exhausted oil fields, reclaimed coal mines and old farms.’
    • ‘In some cases, peat excavated from mines or reserve pits has been stockpiled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition to working in the Yorkshire mills, many Scotsmen found employment in nearby coal mines, where their dogs were welcome as exterminators.’
    • ‘Another 23 miners perished in China's coal mines on April 24.’
    • ‘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 the past few years, to regulate coal production and improve mining safety, China has shut down thousands of small coal mines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In my electorate, we have problems in the Huntly area, which are a consequence of the shafts in former coal mines.’
    • ‘It is by far the most common method of working in European coal mines where the shallower seams have been depleted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The privatization of coal mines in Great Britain took more than 10 years of preparation - and that was in a market economy.’
    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.
      ‘the book contains a mine of information’
      • ‘The publication as a whole is a rich mine for those interested in figures.’
      • ‘To sum up: the work under review is a mine of information, but many of its presuppositions are open to question.’
  • 2A type of bomb placed on or just below the surface of the ground or in the water that detonates when disturbed by a person, vehicle, or ship.

    • ‘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 mines were found by his ship's company concealed below decks in a barge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In that case British warships were damaged by mines in Albanian territorial waters.’
    • ‘Extensive ground battles also left a staggering amount of unexploded artillery and mortar shells, mines, rockets, grenades and other devices.’
    • ‘They could come out and put mines in the water, meaning the clearance effort would be for nothing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘42 mines were destroyed, largely the old buoyant contact mines from World War I which were laid in dense fields in the region.’
    • ‘Once it was small-arms fire, now it is mines and bombs.’
    • ‘You'll be armed with a rifle, frag grenades, and mines, with the ability to use motion sensors and electromagnetic detection goggles.’
    • ‘Among other things, he detonated mines and bombs left behind from the Vietnam War.’
    • ‘Apart from firing all unit small arms by day and night, soldiers threw grenades and fired claymore mines.’
    • ‘There is going to be a very definite detection of mines and some bombs that have not been detonated off the coast of Hawaii.’
    • ‘The insurgents place the mines on a road surface or shoulder or even in sewer lines.’
    • ‘All three ships were damaged by mines in recent times.’
    • ‘Bombs, mines, and other war material also contaminated land and water and damaged flora and fauna.’
    • ‘They also use homemade blast mines and grenades with trip wires.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1historical A subterranean passage under the wall of a besieged fortress, especially one in which explosives are put 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 agricultural sector of Angola has many more opportunities than mining diamonds.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘And since all mined diamonds have inclusions, flaws, and birthmarks, under magnification a trained jeweler can tell the difference.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1945, Germany had mined much coal but had no way of moving it from the mines to where it was needed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Limestone was mined; drugs and people were smuggled.’
    • ‘Last year alone Angola's UNITA rebels mined alluvial diamonds worth around $300 million and effectively evaded UN sanctions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the hard anthracite coal is mined the very fine, gritty material is called culm.’
    • ‘Back in 1853, stonemason Nathaniel Hooker mined his stone from the Kawaroa Reef.’
    • ‘Residents will have their say on a scheme which could see a million tonnes of coal mined in their area of Bolton.’
    • ‘This home is actually located in the south of France, so presumably the marble was mined in France.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Additionally, coal was mined from mesa outcroppings, requiring unprecedented coordination.’
    • ‘The extrinsic material clearly shows that where one is mining limestone for the purpose of getting its inherent mineral qualities, the rebate still applies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With no fresh coal being mined, it had been relatively easy to ask power workers not to accept it.’
    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 managed to obtain concessions to mine for silver’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘More would teach you how to mine for minerals, smelt metals, process the raw supplies.’
      • ‘From 1765 to 1770 the Loudville deposit was again mined for lead.’
      • ‘Through the years, many of these deposits have been mined for iron and supported a number of foundries once present in the area.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘New stones were being collected from the same quarry that had been mined for the original construction.’
      • ‘The Psychlos have been mining the Earth for 1000 years.’
      • ‘The deposit at the Eureka tunnel was mined for cryolite and thomsenolite, which were used as a flux in the manufacture of glass bottles.’
      • ‘Reefs are also mined for building materials; e.g. in India coral is used to make cement.’
      • ‘They form the coal measures that are now mined for power generation.’
      • ‘Maybe Boone noticed crystals of potassium nitrate there, because the deep, loose floor was soon being mined for niter to make gunpowder.’
      • ‘Mountains were mined for all fossil fuels providing them with another five hundred years of energy.’
      • ‘Big Bone Cave was certainly mined for fertilizer in 1884, when excavation by a local farmer unearthed bones of an extinct giant sloth.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Dig or burrow in (the earth)
      • ‘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. 1.3Delve into (an abundant source) to extract something of value, especially information or skill.
      ‘how do they manage to mine such a rich vein of talent?’
      • ‘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 many cases of sidewise technological competition that have occurred in the business world can also be mined for insights.’
      • ‘Since acquiring the label in 2001, Sanctuary have mined the rich seam of the Trojan back catalogue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Scottish Arts Council hoped it would mine a rich seam of latent talent and take risks on fledgling authors spurned by larger companies.’
      • ‘It has been mined for instruction from innumerable perspectives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Other authors are mining the same rich seam of catastrophic potential.’
      • ‘Best In Show director/co-writer/actor Christopher Guest has mined a rich vein of comedy out of the wannabe-famous.’
      • ‘Can we avoid being mined for people as well as minerals?’
      • ‘AV vendors have mined a rich seam of free publicity on the back of Sobig and Blaster.’
      • ‘The artist also continues to mine a rich vein of attenuated, vertical-format skyscraper paintings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The story is mined for symbolic aspects which signify power and powerlessness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Others are mining rich new veins - not of customers but of employees.’
    4. 1.4Obtain 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’
      • ‘Bitcoins are mined by a decentralized network of computers that guess solutions to a mathematical puzzle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is not the first time that research computers have been misused for mining digital currency.’
      • ‘He explains how to start using the world's biggest virtual currency - and how to mine them yourself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Techies are used to spending an ungodly amount of time mining virtual coins in online games.’
      • ‘The IRS also says taxpayers who mine virtual currency are responsible for taxes on what they mine.’
      • ‘The digital currency is mined using specialized super computers which discover them by solving highly complex mathematical equations.’
  • 2Lay explosive mines on or just below the surface of (the ground or water)

    ‘the area was heavily mined’
    • ‘Initially the armed forces said they have plucked all the 87 infiltration routes in various border areas of Jammu by heavily mining them.’
    • ‘In Angola heavily mined roads meant food aid had to be transported by air, raising costs dramatically.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1986 the World Court ruled that the US had violated international law by mining the waters of Nicaragua and arming the Contras.’
    • ‘Prior to their withdrawal, anticipating an Allied airborne invasion, the Nazis heavily mined the area.’
    • ‘But Russian forces have been held up by heavily mined roads and tough rebel resistance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything that entered the area was obliterated and it is possible that the ground is still 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.’
    • ‘Bagram is one of the most heavily mined areas in the country.’
    • ‘The lands in Luena and surrounding towns were heavily mined during the war.’
    • ‘A few returned each day to feed the cattle which could not be left untethered because much of the area is heavily mined.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Various schemes for mining Norwegian territorial waters were considered in London.’
    • ‘Here, the Turks had heavily mined the water and mine sweeping trawlers had proved ineffective at clearing them.’
    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.
      • ‘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

/mīn/