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

  • n. An area in which explosive mines have been placed.
  • n. A situation that has many potential hazards or dangers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An area in which land mines have been laid.
  • n. A dangerous situation.
  • n. A pitch that has dried out and crumbled and on which the ball is bouncing and spinning unpredictably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a region in which explosive mines{4} have been placed, especially a region on land.
  • n. A situation in which a simple mistake can have disastrous consequences; a touchy or dangerous situation requiring great caution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A body of navigable water in which submarine mines are anchored for the purpose of preventing an enemy's ships from entering a channel, harbor, or roadstead; also, the group of mines itself.

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

  • n. a tract of land containing explosive mines
  • n. a region in which explosives mines have been placed


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