• WordNet 3.6
    • n colliery a workplace consisting of a coal mine plus all the buildings and equipment connected with it
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Colliery The coal trade.
    • Colliery The place where coal is dug; a coal mine, and the buildings, etc., belonging to it.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n colliery A place where coal is dug; a coal-mine or -pit, with the requisite apparatus for working it.
    • n colliery The coal-trade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Colliery a coal-mine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Coalery Collier


In literature:

Such meetings may always be held in local economic units, such as collieries, departments of factories and the like.
"The Next Step" by Scott Nearing
The pit-brow women of the Lancashire collieries are said to be of finer physical development than any other class of women workers.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Nothing can be more discouraging than the appearance of a colliery village where the hands are on strike.
"Facing Death" by G. A. Henty
There are considerable collieries in the neighbourhood, and silk and tape works in the town.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
It supplies motive power to numbers of mills and collieries; and its whole course is over coal strata.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
In connexion with the Warora colliery there is a fire-clay business.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 6" by Various
The industrial population of Bishop Auckland is principally employed in the neighbouring collieries and iron works.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 1" by Various
The collieries extend from Boksburg eastward to Springs, 11 m. distant.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
Your mills and collieries were installing German plant under German supervisors.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
The workings at the Ballycastle collieries are probably the oldest in Ireland.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various

In news:

More than half of the 147-acre Taylor Colliery could be ready for commercial development before the year ends, borough Solicitor William Jones said.
Tobin , 75, of Colliery Avenue, Tower City, died Sunday, Nov 4, at her home.