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Meaning of mine by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • enPR: mīn, IPA: /maɪn/, X-SAMPA: /maIn/
    • Rhymes: -aɪn

    Etymology 1

    Old English mīn .



    1. Non-premodifying possessive case of I. My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me .
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    Etymology 2

    From Middle English, from Old French mine, from Late Latin mina, from Gaulish *mēnā ( “ore, mine” ), akin to Welsh mwyn, Irish míanach ( “ore” ) .


    mine ( plural: mines )

    Entrance to a gold mine in Victoria, Australia
    Cutaway view of an anti-tank landmine
    1. An excavation from which ore or solid minerals are taken, especially one consisting of underground tunnels .
      This diamond comes from a mine in South Africa .
      He came out of the coal mine with a face covered in black .
      Most coal and ore comes from open-pit mines nowadays .
    2. ( military ) A passage dug toward or underneath enemy lines, which is then packed with explosives .
    3. ( military ) A device intended to explode when stepped upon or touched, or when approached by a ship, vehicle, or person .
      His left leg was blown off after he stepped on a mine .
      The warship was destroyed by floating mines .
    4. ( pyrotechnics ) A type of firework that explodes on the ground, shooting sparks upward .
    5. ( entomology ) The cavity made by a caterpillar while feeding inside a leaf .
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    mine ( third-person singular simple present mines present participle mining, simple past and past participle mined )

    1. ( transitive ) To remove ( ore ) from the ground .
      Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only place in the world where visitors can mine their own diamonds .
    2. ( transitive ) To sow mines ( the explosive devices ) in ( an area ) .
      We had to slow our advance after the enemy mined the road ahead of us .
    3. ( transitive ) To damage ( a vehicle or ship ) with a mine ( an explosive device ) .
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    • mien, Mien; nime

Explanation of mine by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. lay mines

    2. The Vietnamese mined Cambodia
    3. get from the earth by excavation

    4. mine ores and metals
    1. explosive device that explodes on contact

    2. excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted

    Definition of mine by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Mine ( mēn ), n. [F.] See Mien. [Obs.]

    2. Mine ( mīn ), pron. & a. [OE. min, fr. AS. mīn; akin to D. mijn, OS., OFries., & OHG. mīn, G. mein, Sw. & Dan. min, Icel. minn, Goth. meins my, mine, meina of me, and E. me. √187. See Me, and cf. My.] Belonging to me; my. Used as a pronominal to me; my. Used as a pronominal adjective in the predicate; as, ““Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Rom. xii. 19”. Also, in the old style, used attributively, instead of my, before a noun beginning with a vowel.

      I kept myself from mine iniquity. Ps. xviii. 23.

      ☞ Mine is often used absolutely, the thing possessed being understood; as, his son is in the army, mine in the navy.

      When a man deceives me once, says the Italian proverb, it is his fault; when twice, it is mine. Bp. Horne.

      This title honors me and mine. Shak.

      She shall have me and mine. Shak.

    3. Mine, v. i. [F. miner, L. minare to drive animals, in LL. also, to lead, conduct, dig a mine ( cf. E. lode, and lead to conduct ), akin to L. minari to threaten; cf. Sp. mina mine, conduit, subterraneous canal, a spring or source of water, It. mina. See Menace, and cf. Mien.]

      1. To dig a mine or pit in the earth; to get ore, metals, coal, or precious stones, out of the earth; to dig in the earth for minerals; to dig a passage or cavity under anything in order to overthrow it by explosives or otherwise.

      2. To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth; as, “the mining cony”.

    4. Mine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mining.]

      1. To dig away, or otherwise remove, the substratum or foundation of; to lay a mine under; to sap; to undermine; hence, to ruin or destroy by slow degrees or secret means.

      They mined the walls. Hayward.

      Too lazy to cut down these immense trees, the spoilers . . . had mined them, and placed a quantity of gunpowder in the cavity. Sir W. Scott.

      2. To dig into, for ore or metal.

      Lead veins have been traced . . . but they have not been mined. Ure.

      3. To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.

      The principal ore mined there is the bituminous cinnabar. Ure.

    5. Mine, n. [F., fr. LL. mina. See Mine, v. i.]

      1. A subterranean cavity or passage; especially: A pit or excavation in the earth, from which metallic ores, precious stones, coal, or other mineral substances are taken by digging; -- distinguished from the pits from which stones for architectural purposes are taken, and which are called quarries. ( Mil. ) A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the superstructure with some explosive agent.

      2. Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by digging or washing the soil; as, “a placer mine”.

      3. ( Fig. ): A rich source of wealth or other good. Shak.

      4. ( Mil. ) An explosive device placed concealed in a location, on land or at sea, where an enemy vehicle or enemy personnel may pass through, having a triggering mechanism which detects people or vehicles, and which will explode and kill or maim personnel or destroy or damage vehicles. A mine placed at sea ( formerly called a torpedo, see torpedo2 ) is also called an marine mine and underwater mine and sometimes called a floating mine, even though it may be anchored to the floor of the sea and not actually float freely. A mine placed on land ( formerly called a torpedo, see torpedo3 ), usually buried, is called a land mine.

      Mine dial, a form of magnetic compass used by miners. -- Mine pig, pig iron made wholly from ore; in distinction from cinder pig, which is made from ore mixed with forge or mill cinder. -- gold mine a mine where gold is obtained. ( Fig. ) a rich source of wealth or other good; same as Mine 3. Raymond.