Definition of miner in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmīnər/


1A person who works in a mine: the miners were freed after spending four days trapped underground
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  • An explosion in an eastern Kentucky coal mine killed five miners yesterday while one other miner was able to get out alive.
  • The narrow mine shafts meant miners often had to work on their sides by candlelight.
  • Rescuers are frantically trying to reach more than 40 miners trapped in a coal mine that is filling fast with water.
digger, collier, gold panner
dated sourdough
1.1A person who obtains units of a cryptocurrency by running computer processes to solve specific mathematical problems: anyone can become a bitcoin miner
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  • The issuance regime of Bitcoin allocates new coins to the miners.
  • The high power envelopes combined with the high efficiency numbers should make the power supplies ideal for coin miners.
  • Miners pool their computing power to spread the financial risk of their operations.
2 historical A person who digs tunnels in order to destroy an enemy position with explosives.
Example sentences
  • 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.
3An Australian bird of the honeyeater family, having a loud call and typically nesting colonially.
Example sentences
  • Miners nest communally, laying their eggs in a nest made in the fork of a tree.
  • The Indian Myna is from the starling family, while the Australian miners are honeyeaters and grey in colour.
4A small South American bird of the ovenbird family that excavates a long burrow for breeding.
  • Genus Geositta, family Furnariidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • The rufous-banded miner is a neotropical ovenbird (Furnariidae) that is widespread in the southern Andes.
  • As their name suggests, miners make their nests in holes along creek banks or in burrows.
5 short for leaf miner.
Example sentences
  • 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 mine2).

Words that rhyme with miner

angina, assigner, china, consignor, decliner, definer, Dinah, diner, diviner, forty-niner, hardliner, incliner, Indo-China, liner, maligner, Medina, minor, mynah, recliner, refiner, Regina, Salina, Shekinah, shiner, signer, South Carolina, Steiner, twiner, whiner

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Syllabification: min·er

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