mine

A mine is a hole in the earth from which workers take valuable things: coal, diamonds, copper. It is also a bomb that explodes when it's touched, often buried in the earth.

When you think of mines, think of something beneath the surface or hidden. People mine for gold by sifting through water and rocks. West Virginia is famous for its coal mines. A mine field might describe a field laced with explosives — such as landmines. When people put these explosives in place, they're mining the land. Also, any dangerous situation can be called a mine field. Talking about sensitive subjects — like religion or race — is a verbal mine field for sure.

Definitions of mine
  1. noun
    excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
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    coal mine, coalpit
    a mine where coal is dug from the ground
    copper mine
    a mine where copper is dug from the ground
    gold mine, goldmine
    a mine where gold ore is found
    salt mine
    a mine where salt is dug
    silver mine
    a mine where silver ore is dug
    strip mine
    an open mine (usually for coal) where the seams run close to the surface
    sulfur mine, sulphur mine
    a mine where sulphur is dug from the ground
    type of:
    excavation
    a hole in the ground made by excavating
  2. verb
    get from the earth by excavation
    mine ores and metals”
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    strip mine, surface mine, surface-mine
    extract (ore) from a strip-mine
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    exploit, tap
    draw from; make good use of
  3. noun
    explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
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    floating mine, marine mine
    an explosive mine designed to destroy ships that bump into it
    booby trap, ground-emplaced mine, land mine
    an explosive mine hidden underground; explodes when stepped on or driven over
    bouncing betty
    an antipersonnel land mine
    claymore, claymore mine
    an antipersonnel land mine whose blast is aimed at the oncoming enemy
    magnetic mine
    (nautical) a marine mine that is detonated by a mechanism that responds to magnetic material (as the steel hull of a ship)
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    explosive device
    device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy
  4. verb
    lay mines
    “The Vietnamese mined Cambodia”
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    countermine
    destroy enemy mines with one's own mines
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    reenforce, reinforce
    make stronger
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