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

  • n. An excavation in the earth from which ore or minerals can be extracted.
  • n. The site of such an excavation, with its surface buildings, elevator shafts, and equipment.
  • n. A deposit of ore or minerals in the earth or on its surface.
  • n. An abundant supply or source of something valuable: This guidebook is a mine of information.
  • n. A tunnel dug under an enemy emplacement to destroy it by explosives, cause it to collapse, or gain access to it for an attack.
  • n. An explosive device used to destroy enemy personnel, shipping, fortifications, or equipment, often placed in a concealed position and designed to be detonated by contact, proximity, or a time fuse.
  • n. A burrow or tunnel made by an insect, especially a corridor on a leaf made by a leaf miner.
  • transitive v. To extract (ore or minerals) from the earth.
  • transitive v. To dig a mine in (the earth) to obtain ore or minerals.
  • transitive v. To tunnel under (the earth or a surface feature).
  • transitive v. To make (a tunnel) by digging.
  • transitive v. To lay explosive mines in or under.
  • transitive v. To attack, damage, or destroy by underhand means; subvert.
  • transitive v. To delve into and make use of; exploit: mine the archives for detailed information.
  • intransitive v. To excavate the earth for the purpose of extracting ore or minerals.
  • intransitive v. To work in a mine.
  • intransitive v. To dig a tunnel under the earth, especially under an enemy emplacement or fortification.
  • intransitive v. To lay explosive mines.
  • pro. Used to indicate the one or ones belonging to me: The green gloves are mine. If you can't find your hat, take mine.
  • adj. Archaic Used instead of my before an initial vowel or the letter h.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An excavation from which ore or solid minerals are taken, especially one consisting of underground tunnels.
  • n. A passage dug toward or underneath enemy lines, which is then packed with explosives.
  • n. A device intended to explode when stepped upon or touched, or when approached by a ship, vehicle, or person.
  • n. A type of firework that explodes on the ground, shooting sparks upward.
  • n. The cavity made by a caterpillar while feeding inside a leaf.
  • v. To remove (ore) from the ground.
  • v. To sow mines (the explosive devices) in (an area).
  • v. To damage (a vehicle or ship) with a mine (an explosive device).
  • pro. Non-premodifying possessive case of I. My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See mien.
  • n. A subterranean cavity or passage.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the superstructure with some explosive agent.
  • n. Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by digging or washing the soil.
  • n. A rich source of wealth or other good.
  • n. 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 torpedo{2} (a)) 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 torpedo{3}), usually buried, is called a land mine.
  • prep. Belonging to me; my. Used as a pronominal to me; my. Used as a pronominal adjective in the predicate. Also, in the old style, used attributively, instead of my, before a noun beginning with a vowel.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To dig into, for ore or metal.
  • transitive v. To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of me; me; the original genitive (objective) of I. It was formerly used with some verbs where later usage requires me.
  • Of me; belonging to me.
  • Belonging to me: merely possessive, and construed as an adjective, preceding its noun, which may, however, be omitted.
  • Like the other possessives in the independent form, mine preceded by of constitutes a double genitive of the possessor in the first person and any word understood denoting appurtenance or possession: as, a horse of mine (belonging to me); it is no fault of mine.
  • By ellipsis, the possessive mine is used (like other possessives)— To avoid repetition of the name of the thing possessed: as, your hand is stronger than mine (my hand).
  • To express generally ‘that which belongs to me,’ ‘my possession, property, or appurtenance.’
  • To dig a mine or pit in the earth, in order to obtain minerals or to make a blast for explosion, as in a military mine; work in a mine.
  • To burrow; form a lodgment by burrowing: as, the sand-martin mines to make a nest.
  • Figuratively, to work in secret; work by secret or insidious means.
  • To make by digging or burrowing.
  • To dig away or otherwise remove the foundation from; undermine; sap: as, to mine the walls of a fort.
  • To dig mines under, for the reception of explosives, as in mining or engineering works, and in military and naval operations.
  • Figuratively, to ruin or destroy by slow or secret methods.
  • Same as mind.
  • n. An excavation in the earth made for the purpose of getting metals, ores, or coal.
  • n. Milit.: A subterraneous gallery or passage dug under the wall or rampart of a fortification, for the lodgment of a quantity of powder or other explosive to be used in blowing up the works.
  • n. Such an excavation when charged with an explosive, or the charge of explosive used in such a mine, or sunk under water in operations of naval defense to serve a similar purpose to mines on land.
  • n. Figuratively, an abounding source or store of anything.
  • n. An excavation made by an insect, as a leaf-miner
  • n. A mineral.
  • n. Ore.
  • n. Specifically, in Scotch mining: The underground works of a colliery or metalliferous working.
  • n. A drift or roadway from the surface, either level or on the slope of the seam.
  • n. A mine passage in rock: usually qualified, as stone-mine, cross-cut mine, etc.

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

  • v. get from the earth by excavation
  • n. explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
  • n. excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
  • v. lay mines


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *mīna, probably of Celtic origin.
Middle English, from Old English mīn; see me-1 in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English mīn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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