- 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 mineMore example sentences
- They also do what a colleague of mine referred to as internal marketing.
- A friend of mine always referred to him as Mr Buttoni after that.
- Recently, a fully insured friend of mine was referred for a cardiology consultation.
determiner• archaic Back to top
- (Used before a vowel) my: tears did fill mine eyesMore example sentences
- 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.
Old English mīn, of Germanic origin; related to me1 and to Dutch mijn and German mein.
- 1An excavation in the earth for extracting coal or other minerals: a copper mineMore example sentences
- It also governs landscape features that delve down into the earth such as mines and quarries, wells, caves, holes or obscure valleys.
- 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.
- In my electorate, we have problems in the Huntly area, which are a consequence of the shafts in former coal mines.
- 1.1 [in singular] An abundant source of something, especially information: the text is a mine of information for biographers and historiansMore example sentences
- 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 killedMore example sentences
- Among other things, he detonated mines and bombs left behind from the Vietnam War.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2.1 • historical A subterranean passage under the wall of a besieged fortress, especially one in which explosives were placed to blow up fortifications.More example sentences
- Men who were expert in underground siege methods laboured to outwit each other in subterranean passages known as mines and countermines.
- The subterranean mines excavated beneath a fortress often had several galleries each with a terminal chamber holding large amounts of gunpowder.
verb[with object] Back to top
- 1Obtain (coal or other minerals) from a mine: the company came to the area to mine phosphate (as adjective mined) 35 million tonnes of mined coalMore example sentences
- Residents will have their say on a scheme which could see a million tonnes of coal mined in their area of Bolton.
- Last year alone Angola's UNITA rebels mined alluvial diamonds worth around $300 million and effectively evaded UN sanctions.
- The extrinsic material clearly shows that where one is mining limestone for the purpose of getting its inherent mineral qualities, the rebate still applies.
- 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 silverMore example sentences
- From even that age they were to mine the earth for some kind of mineral.
- More would teach you how to mine for minerals, smelt metals, process the raw supplies.
- 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.
- 1.2Dig or burrow in (the earth): the earth beneath had been tortuously mined by pestilential rabbitsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.3Exploit (a source of information or skill): how do they manage to mine such a rich vein of talent?More example sentences
- The Scottish Arts Council hoped it would mine a rich seam of latent talent and take risks on fledgling authors spurned by larger companies.
- 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.
- Other authors are mining the same rich seam of catastrophic potential.
- 1.4Analyse (a database) to generate new information.More example sentences
- As in other Internet sectors, information producers on the web will find mining data and selling information collected on customers highly profitable.
- 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.
- 2Lay explosive mines on or just below the surface of (the ground or water): the area was heavily minedMore example sentences
defend with mines, protect with mines, lay with mines, sow with mines
- Here, the Turks had heavily mined the water and mine sweeping trawlers had proved ineffective at clearing 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.
- 2.1Destroy by means of an explosive mine: HMS Ocean was mined in the Dardanelles in 1915More example sentences
- This means that underground communications in the rear and at the flanks of the troops on the offensive should be guarded, mined or destroyed.
- The evidence of the few survivors of the Hampshire showed that Lord Kitchener was below when the ship was mined.
mineable (also minable)
- More example sentences
- The resource of the lease on which the Muskeg River mine sits contains more than five billion barrels of mineable bitumen.
- In some instances sparse mineralization that is uneconomical to mine can be concentrated by supergene processes into mineable ore; supergene deposits are commonly underlain by such primary mineralization.
- It is estimated that mineable diamonds in the MDM concessions stand at 12 million carats.
late Middle English: from Old French mine (noun), miner (verb), perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Welsh mwyn 'ore', earlier 'mine'.