Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mine or pit from which coal is obtained.

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Examples

  • Not only is the very word "poor" despised, but the broader political order ignores the desperate, ominous message these coal-mine canaries are sending us.

    Rev. Jesse Jackson: America Can't Be Saved From the Top

  • I have residual doubts about the validity of a movement exemplified by Jim Crow, Nazis, and coal-mine operators.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Activist Government” and the Rights of Minorities

  • A coal-mine explosion in Colombia killed 21 workers.

    What's News: World-Wide

  • And how many coal-mine collapses have we watched on TV?

    Sorry for the Meltdown

  • Indika last month said it plans to sell up to a 30% stake in PT Petrosea, its coal-mine construction and logistics arm.

    Indonesia's Indika to Expand Coal-Mining Capacity

  • The Vanity Fair story, which is told in a day-of-the-president's-life narrative, recounts the vast number of decisions and crises Obama and his staff face on one otherwise unremarkable day: a West Virginia coal-mine tragedy, a vacancy on the Supreme Court, a new immigration law in Arizona, a shortage of disaster-relief funds, the latest plans for trying an alleged terrorist and a series of federal judicial nominations.

    Can Anyone Really Run This Place?

  • The chance for life is greater in an active campaign than in a factory or a coal-mine.

    THE HUMAN DRIFT

  • Mr. Mitnick, now a security consultant, will be remembered as a coal-mine canary.

    The Internet's Most Wanted

  • Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images In his time at the environment ministry, Mr. Ramesh also turned down a total of eight central Indian coal-mine projects over concern about old-growth forests.

    Environment Vs. Business in India

  • A 13-month independent investigation into the coal-mine explosion that killed 29 Massey Energy Co. workers last year concluded the accident could have been prevented and was primarily the result of the failure of the company's safety systems, as well as inadequate oversight by federal and state regulators.

    Mine Probe Faults Massey

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