from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An open mine, especially a coal mine, whose seams or outcrops run close to ground level and are exposed by the removal of topsoil and overburden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mine where the material above the ore is removed (stripped) to expose it for removal and use.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. extract (ore) from a strip-mine
  • n. an open mine (usually for coal) where the seams run close to the surface


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