from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process or business of extracting ore or minerals from the ground.
  • noun The process of digging under an enemy emplacement or fortification to destroy it by explosives, cause it to collapse, or gain access to it for an attack.
  • noun The process of laying explosive mines.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of burrowing habits: as, the rabbit is a mining animal.
  • Insidious; working by underhand means.
  • noun The business or work of a miner: also used attributively: as, a mining engineer; mining tools.
  • noun The area of mining-ground held under federal or State law by one claimant or association by virtue of one location and entry. In consequence of the peculiar right to follow a vein of ore beyond the line of the boundary upon the surface, it may be more correctly, though still somewhat vaguely, defined as a tract of mineral land, the owner of which is entitled to the surface rights and all subjacent minerals, together with certain lateral rights of mining beyond the boundary, and subject to the similar lateral rights of adjoining owners. When two veins connect or cross, priority of title generally gives a preference. Coal-land claims may be entered for not exceeding 160 acres to each individual, or 320 acres to each association. As to placer-mining claims, see placer-claim, under placer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act or business of making mines or of working them.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to mines
  • adjective See the Note under Engineering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The activity of removing solid valuables from the earth.
  • noun figuratively Any extractive activity.
  • noun military The activity of placing explosives underground, rigged to explode
  • verb Present participle of mine.

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

  • noun laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment
  • noun the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth


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