Definition of mine shaft in English:

mine shaft

(also mineshaft)

noun

  • A deep narrow vertical hole, or sometimes a horizontal tunnel, that gives access to a mine.

    • ‘Disused mineshafts in Johannesburg could be turned into catacomb-style cemeteries, in a bid by the City Parks agency to accommodate the increasing number of people dying from AIDS.’
    • ‘It took three hours of climbing to reach the top where a sign warned of mineshafts.’
    • ‘Seven workers were killed when the fire raced through the mineshaft.’
    • ‘Gone are the disused mineshafts, spoil heaps and rusting machinery and in their place are smart new offices and homes, shops and leisure facilities.’
    • ‘We played at the tops of mineshafts in West Virginia and at union meetings in New York.’
    • ‘The most significant discoveries came from the upper fills of the mineshaft excavated in 1971 by Roger Mercer, where two inhumation burials were uncovered.’
    • ‘Skippy was just explaining to the park ranger the whereabouts of the lost boy in the mineshaft, when we heard the blast.’
    • ‘Curiously, Yang avoids the claustrophobic tension of the mineshaft.’
    • ‘The workers were digging at an abandoned mineshaft that was depleted of commercial reserves.’
    • ‘In yesterday's note, I forgot to mention that we also explored some abandoned mineshafts and prisons (where we climbed the guard tower and found the old gallows chamber).’
    • ‘A retired mining engineer was shocked to discover an old mineshaft had opened up in a field where he walks every day.’
    • ‘We shot on real locations, and we actually went down the mineshafts.’
    • ‘Yet Li's film is also a fine social comedy - albeit one colored as black as pitch - about how you don't have to work in a mineshaft to see your life descending into darkness.’
    • ‘Two men working down a mineshaft in rural China pose as brothers.’
    • ‘There is enough money to keep the mineshafts open until next Tuesday, but after that the colliery will have to be ‘capped’ unless further funds can be found.’
    • ‘In the last days of his life he was digging a mineshaft in his backyard, convinced that deposits of gold were to be found there.’
    • ‘Fred had already dug seven metres of a mineshaft at his Grade II listed home when councillors refused him retrospective planning permission after complaints from neighbours.’
    • ‘As part of the work, deep mineshafts and an underground canal system will be made safe.’
    • ‘When my father would come home from a long day in the mineshafts, he was always drenched from head to toe in that foul paste.’
    • ‘The geology of the immediate area of the Detroit Salt Mine was derived from logs of the mineshafts, exploratory core holes and nearby oil, gas and brine wells.’

Pronunciation

mine shaft

/ˈmīn ˌSHaft/