• the Mining Works of Wady Maghara
    the Mining Works of Wady Maghara
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v mine lay mines "The Vietnamese mined Cambodia"
    • v mine get from the earth by excavation "mine ores and metals"
    • n mine explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
    • n mine excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mining a Lurking Peril Mining a Lurking Peril
Please don't, it's mine Please don't, it's mine
Dis is mine effalunt Dis is mine effalunt
Underwater mine explosion Underwater mine explosion

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The deepest mine in the world is the East Rand mine, which goes to a depth of about 3,585 metres
    • Mine A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the superstructure with some explosive agent.
    • Mine 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.
    • Mine A rich source of wealth or other good.
    • Mine A subterranean cavity or passage
    • Mine (Mil) An explosive device placed concealed in a location, on land or at sea, where an enemy vehicle or enemy personnel may pass through, having a triggering mechanism which detects people or vehicles, and which will explode and kill or maim personnel or destroy or damage vehicles. A mine placed at sea (formerly called a torpedo, see torpedo2) is also called an marine mine and underwater mine and sometimes called a floating mine , even though it may be anchored to the floor of the sea and not actually float freely. A mine placed on land (formerly called a torpedo, see torpedo3}), usually buried, is called a land mine.
    • Mine Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by digging or washing the soil; as, a placer mine .
    • pron. & a Mine mīn 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.Mine is often used absolutely, the thing possessed being understood; as, his son is in the army, mine in the navy. "I kept myself from mine iniquity.""When a man deceives me once, says the Italian proverb, it is his fault; when twice, it is mine .""This title honors me and mine .""She shall have me and mine ."
    • n Mine mēn See Mien.
    • Mine 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.
    • Mine 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.""Too lazy to cut down these immense trees, the spoilers . . . had mined them, and placed a quantity of gunpowder in the cavity."
    • Mine To dig into, for ore or metal. "Lead veins have been traced . . . but they have not been mined ."
    • Mine To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth; as, the mining cony.
    • Mine To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging. "The principal ore mined there is the bituminous cinnabar."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ten percent of the salt mined in the world each year is used to de-ice the roads in America.
    • mine Of me; me; the original genitive (objective) of I. It was formerly used with some verbs where later usage requires me.
    • mine Of me; belonging to me. The independent possessive form of the first personal me, corresponding to my as attributive before the thing possessed: as, that (the thing spoken of or indicated) is mine (is of me, belongs to me, or is my thing); these books are all mine (my property): in this use now virtually an elliptical use of mine in def. 3.
    • mine Belonging to me: merely possessive, and construed as an adjective, preceding its noun, which may, however, be omitted. when the noun is expressed, the form is in ordinary use now reduced to my, the older form mine being rarely used except archaically before a vowel or h, or by a familiar transposition after the noun, as in sister mine, baby mine, etc.
    • mine Like the other possessives in the independent form, mine preceded by of constitutes a double genitive of the possessor in the first person and any word understood denoting appurtenance or possession: as, a horse of mine (belonging to me); it is no fault of mine.
    • mine By ellipsis, the possessive mine is used (like other possessives)— To avoid repetition of the name of the thing possessed: as, your hand is stronger than mine (my hand).
    • mine To express generally ‘that which belongs to me,’ ‘my possession, property, or appurtenance.’
    • n mine An excavation in the earth made for the purpose of getting metals, ores, or coal. Mine-work, in metal-mines, consists in sinking shafts and winzes, running levels, and stoping out the contents of the vein thus made ready for removal. In coal-mining the operations differ in detail from those carried on in connection with metal-mines, but are the same in principle. The details vary in coal-mining with the position and thickness of the beds. A mine dilfers from a quarry in that the latter is usually open to the day; but in any mine a part of the excavations may be an openwork (see that word), as in running an adit-level, which may be carried to a considerable distance before becoming covered by earth or rock. When the term mine is used, it is generally understood that the excavation so named is in actual course of exploitation; otherwise some qualifying term like abandoned is required. No occurrence of ore is designated as a mine unless something has been done to develop it by actual mining operations. There are certain excavations which are called neither mines nor quarries. as, for instance, places where clay is being dug out for bricks; such places are frequently (especially in England) called pits, and also openworks. With few and not easily specified exceptions, a quarry is a place where building-stone, or building-materials of any kind (as lime, cement, etc.), are being got; a mine, where some metal or metalliferous ore is in the process of exploitation. In English the term mine includes excavations designated by the French as mines, as well as some of those called by them minieres; quarry is the equivalent of the French carriere. The term mine is sometimes extended in use to include the ores as well as the excavation.
    • n mine Milit.: A subterraneous gallery or passage dug under the wall or rampart of a fortification, for the lodgment of a quantity of powder or other explosive to be used in blowing up the works.
    • n mine Such an excavation when charged with an explosive, or the charge of explosive used in such a mine, or sunk under water in operations of naval defense to serve a similar purpose to mines on land. The radius of explosion of such a mine is the straight line drawn from the center of the charge of a mine to the edge of the crater; the radius of rupture is the distance from the center to the curved surface to which the disturbance caused by the explosion extends.
    • n mine Figuratively, an abounding source or store of anything.
    • n mine An excavation made by an insect, as a leaf-miner
    • n mine A mineral.
    • n mine Ore.
    • mine To dig a mine or pit in the earth, in order to obtain minerals or to make a blast for explosion, as in a military mine; work in a mine.
    • mine To burrow; form a lodgment by burrowing: as, the sand-martin mines to make a nest.
    • mine Figuratively, to work in secret; work by secret or insidious means.
    • mine To make by digging or burrowing.
    • mine To dig away or otherwise remove the foundation from; undermine; sap: as, to mine the walls of a fort.
    • mine To dig mines under, for the reception of explosives, as in mining or engineering works, and in military and naval operations.
    • mine Figuratively, to ruin or destroy by slow or secret methods.
    • mine Same as mind.
    • n mine Specifically, in Scotch mining: The underground works of a colliery or metalliferous working.
    • n mine A drift or roadway from the surface, either level or on the slope of the seam.
    • n mine A mine passage in rock: usually qualified, as stone-mine, cross-cut mine, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first product of the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company now known as 3M when it was founded was sandpaper.
    • adj. pron Mine mīn belonging to me: my.
    • v.i., v.t Mine mīn to dig for metals: to excavate: to dig under a wall or building in order to overturn it: to ruin or destroy by secret means
    • n Mine a place from which metals are dug: an excavation dug under a fortification to blow it up with gunpowder: a rich source of wealth
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  • Titus Maccius Plautus
    “What is thine is mine, and all mine is thine.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”
  • Seneca
    “Whatever is well said by another, is mine.”
  • Foster M. Russell
    Foster M. Russell
    “Every story has three sides. Yours, mine and the facts.”
  • Christina Rossetti
    “Love shall be our token; love be yours and love be mine.”
  • Mark Twain
    “His money is twice tainted: taint yours and taint mine.”


Back to the salt mines - If someone says they have to go back to the salt mines, they have to return, possibly unwillingly, to work.
Canary in a coal mine - (UK) A canary in a coal mine is an early warning of danger.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

I took it in mine, and at once I felt it close on mine with a quick, convulsive strength.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
So you are interested in mines!
"The Award of Justice" by A. Maynard Barbour
And there's the Mines, back some miles to the south.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
Of course there was much more to say about mine.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
I own two of the best mines on the hill, and I want her to share me good-fortune with me.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
He must see the mine or mines himself; his personal report is essential.
"Daddy's Girl" by L. T. Meade
I recollect both going into the bed room together, it was next to mine.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
You have had your say, and now I will have mine.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Travel is of two kinds; and this voyage of mine across the ocean combined both.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I haven't bought your mine nor Bunk's mine either, and it don't do any good to talk.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge

In poetry:

Who I am I shall not say,
But I send you this bouquet
With this query, baby mine:
"Will you be my valentine?"
"Two Valentines" by Eugene Field
Ah, soul of mine! ah, soul of mine!
Thy deeds are well:
Were they wrought for Truth's sake or for thine?
My soul, pray tell.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Her hand in mine--"Oh! be thou mine,
Nor scorn my pleading sigh."
"Yes"--still I cried, "be thou my bride,
My own, until we die!"
"The Vow Of Love" by James Avis Bartley
Thy mouth is made of fire and wine,
Thy barren bosom takes my kiss
And turns my soul to thine
And turns thy lip to mine,
And mine it is.
"Fragoletta" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Mine was the folly, mine the tears
That wept the ending of my dream,
Love of my boyhood's troubled years,
Gray silent Sphinx beside the stream!
"The Sphinx" by George Sylvester Viereck
"Oh what a pride to say, this, this
"Is my own Angel—all divine,
"And pure and dazzling as he is
"And fresh from heaven—he's mine, he's mine!
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Scott Van Duzer is a friend of mine.
IN the wake of the April 5 explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine, which killed 29 men, some want to rush new mine safety laws through Congress.
A Virginia coal mine is being sanctioned for what the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration says are repeated violations of health and safety standards.
Hobet Mining Inc wants to fill more than a mile of the creek with millions of tons of rock and earth from what would be the largest strip mine in state history.
If you want to witness the health consequences of unsafe gold mining in northwestern Nigeria, the first thing you have to do is get to the mines.
An area of West Virginia the size of Logan County is currently disturbed by strip mining , according to a new report from the US Office of Surface Mining .
EPA, mining co mpany strike deal on Anaconda mine at Yerington.
Miner killed in Drummond Mining Co mpany 's Shoal Creek Mine accident.
A worker at Drummond Mining Co mpany 's Shoal Creek Mine was killed in an accident there this morning, according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Mining Co mpany Pleads Guilty In 2007 Utah Mine Disaster Case.
Decades of phosphate mining left its mark on Nauru , which is now resuming mining of the lucrative resource.
Altas Copco Construction Mining Technique says its new extreme-duty (XD) pedestal boom systems are the only ones on the market specifically designed for secondary rock breaking in mines and open pits.
Québec Mines 2012: Permafrost Unavoidable For Northern Québec Mining Operations.
This June 3, 2003 file photo shows the Kennecott copper mine, the largest open pit mine in the world, in Bingham Canyon, Utah.
In a federal lawsuit filed on Dec 30, 2010, MSHA claimed that personnel at the company's Mine 78 in Somerset County, Pa. And Tracy Lynne Mine in Armstrong County, Pa.

In science:

Web log mining techniques are therefore relevant to this approach and have been used to create a platform to recommend webpages based on browsing similarities with previous users .
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Mining Association Rules between Sets of Items in Large Databases.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Personalization on the Net using Web Mining.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Web Usage Mining: Discovery and Applications of Usage Patterns from Web Data.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Further, and more importantly, we show that through appropriate choice of parameter settings, new perturbation techniques can be constructed that provide highly accurate mining results even under strict privacy guarantees.
A Framework for High-Accuracy Privacy-Preserving Mining