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mine1

Syllabification: mine
Pronunciation: /mīn
 
/

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
More 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.

possessive determiner

archaic Back to top  
(Used before a vowel) my: tears did fill mine eyes
More 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.

Origin

Old English mīn, of Germanic origin; related to me1 and to Dutch mijn and German mein.

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mine2

Syllabification: mine
Pronunciation: /mīn
 
/

noun

1An excavation in the earth for extracting coal or other minerals: a copper mine
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  • 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.
Synonyms
pit, excavation, quarry, workings, diggings;
strip mine, open-pit mine, placer (mine), hardrock mine
1.1 [in singular] An abundant source of something: the book contains a mine of information
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  • 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.
Synonyms
rich source, repository, store, storehouse, reservoir, gold mine, treasure house, treasury, reserve, fund, wealth, stock
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.
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.
Synonyms
2.1 historical A subterranean passage under the wall of a besieged fortress, especially one in which explosives are put to blow up fortifications.
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

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1Obtain (coal or other minerals) from a mine.
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.
Synonyms
quarry, excavate, dig (up), extract, remove;
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
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  • 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).
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.
1.3Delve 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?
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  • 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.
Synonyms
search, delve into, scour, scan, read through, survey
2Lay explosive mines on or just below the surface of (the ground or water): the area was heavily mined
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  • 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.
Synonyms
defend with mines, lay with mines
2.1Destroy by means of an explosive mine.
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.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French mine (noun), miner (verb), perhaps of Celtic origin; compare with Welsh mwyn 'ore', earlier 'mine'.

Derivatives

mineable

1
Pronunciation: /ˈmīnəbəl/
(also minable) adjective
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.

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