Definitions for: Mine


[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; "The Vietnamese mined Cambodia"
[v] get from the earth; of ores and metals



Webster (1913) Definition: Mine, n. [F.]
See Mien. [Obs.]


Mine, pron. & a. [OE. min, fr. AS. m[=i]n; akin to D.
mijn, OS., OFries., & OHG. m[=i]n, G. mein, Sw. & Dan. min,
Icel. minn, Goth. meins my, mine, meina of me, and E. me.
????. See Me, and cf. My.]
Belonging to me; my. Used as a pronominal to me; my. Used as
a pronominal adjective in the predicate; as, ``Vengeance is
mine; I will repay.'' --Rom. xii. 19. Also, in the old style,
used attributively, instead of my, before a noun beginning
with a vowel.

I kept myself from mine iniquity. --Ps. xviii.
23.

Note: Mine is often used absolutely, the thing possessed
being understood; as, his son is in the army, mine in
the navy.

When a man deceives me once, says the Italian
proverb, it is his fault; when twice, it is mine.
--Bp. Horne.

This title honors me and mine. --Shak.

She shall have me and mine. --Shak.


Mine, v. i. [F. miner, L. minare to drive animals, in LL.
also, to lead, conduct, dig a mine (cf. E. lode, and lead to
conduct), akin to L. minari to threaten; cf. Sp. mina mine,
conduit, subterraneous canal, a spring or source of water,
It. mina. See Menace, and cf. Mien.]
1. 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.

2. To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or
lodge in the earth; as, the mining cony.


Mine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mined; p. pr. & vb. n.
Mining.]
1. 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.

They mined the walls. --Hayward.

Too lazy to cut down these immense trees, the
spoilers . . . had mined them, and placed a quantity
of gunpowder in the cavity. --Sir W.
Scott.

2. To dig into, for ore or metal.

Lead veins have been traced . . . but they have not
been mined. --Ure.

3. To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.

The principal ore mined there is the bituminous
cinnabar. --Ure.


Mine, n. [F., fr. LL. mina. See Mine, v. i.]
1. A subterranean cavity or passage; especially:
(a) 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.
(b) (Mil.) A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification
or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the
superstructure with some explosive agent.



2. Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by
digging or washing the soil; as, a placer mine.



3. Fig.: A rich source of wealth or other good. --Shak.

Mine dial, a form of magnetic compass used by miners.

Mine pig, pig iron made wholly from ore; in distinction
from cinder pig, which is made from ore mixed with forge
or mill cinder.

See Also: adit, booby trap, coal mine, coalpit, colliery, copper mine, countermine, cut into, delve, dig, excavation, exploit, explosive device, floating mine, gold mine, goldmine, ground-emplaced mine, hole in the ground, land mine, marine mine, mineshaft, pit, reenforce, reinforce, salt mine, shaft, silver mine, strip mine, strip mine, sulfur mine, sulphur mine, surface mine, tap, turn over

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