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 mind field for sure.

Primary Meanings of mine

1.
nv
excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
get from the earth by excavation
2.
nv
explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
lay mines
Full Definitions of mine
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n 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

v get from the earth by excavation

mine ores and metals”
Types:
strip mine, surface mine, surface-mine
extract (ore) from a strip-mine
Type of:
exploit, tap
draw from; make good use of
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n 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)
Type of:
explosive device
device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy

v lay mines

“The Vietnamese mined Cambodia”
Types:
countermine
destroy enemy mines with one's own mines
Type of:
reenforce, reinforce
make stronger

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