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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In mining, soil or surface detritus, which has been removed for the purpose of getting at the underlying rock.

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  • noun the removal of covering

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  • As in Alexander Baring, Baron Ashburton, who helped negotiate the border between the state of Maine and Canada in 1842.

    March 11, 2011