Share this entry

Share this page

mineshaft

Line breaks: mine|shaft
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪnʃɑːft
 
/

Definition of mineshaft in English:

noun

A deep narrow vertical hole, or sometimes a horizontal tunnel, that gives access to a mine: one member of this party almost vanished down a hidden disused mineshaft
More example sentences
  • 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.
  • As part of the work, deep mineshafts and an underground canal system will be made safe.
  • 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.

Definition of mineshaft in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…