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Dictionary Definition

mine

Noun

1 excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
2 explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel

Verb

1 get from the earth by excavation; "mine ores and metals"
2 lay mines; "The Vietnamese mined Cambodia"

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English

Pronunciation

  • , /maɪn/, /maIn/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪn

Etymology 1

min

Pronoun

  1. Non-premodifying possessive case of I. My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me. (See usage notes below.)
Usage notes
  • My and mine are essentially two forms of the same word, with my being used attributively before the noun, and mine being used in all other cases; hence:
    No, that's not my car. (attributive use)
    That car next to it isn't mine, either. (predicative use)
    Mine is the one over there, on the far right. (substantive use)
    Mine for only a week so far, it already feels like an old friend. (absolute use)
  • In archaic use, this word is occasionally used attributively after the noun, in which case mine is used:
  • In the above respects, this word is analogous to most of the other possessive pronouns, as well as a number of other noun modifiers, such as lone/alone.
  • Historically, my originally came to be used only before a consonant sound, and later came to be used regardless of the following sound. Nonetheless, mine still sees archaic pre-vocalic use:
Translations
that which belongs to me
  • Breton: ma hini s, ma re p
  • Czech: můj
  • Dutch: de mijne, het mijne
  • Finnish: (after the verb olla) minun, (colloquial) mun
  • French: le mien , etc.
  • Hungarian: enyém
  • Italian: mio, mia, miei, mie
  • Latvian: mans, mana, mani, manas
  • Lithuanian: mano
  • Pitjantjatjara: ngayuku
  • Polish: mój, moja, moje
  • Portuguese: meu
  • Romanian: al meu , a mea
  • Russian: мой (moj)
  • Slovene: moj, moja, moje
  • Spanish: lo mío
  • Swedish: min, mitt, mina

Etymology 2

Via from , compare French mine.

Noun

  1. An excavation from which ore or solid minerals are taken.
  2. A passage dug toward or underneath enemy lines, which is then packed with explosives.
  3. A device intended to explode when stepped upon or touched, or when approached by a ship, vehicle, or person.
  4. A type of firework that explodes on the ground, shooting sparks upward.
  5. The cavity made by a caterpillar while feeding inside a leaf.
place from which ore is extracted
tunnel packed with explosives
exploding device
  • trreq Afrikaans
  • Arabic: (láğm)
  • Breton: min
  • Bulgarian: мина
  • Czech: mina
  • Dutch: mijn
  • Finnish: miina
  • French: mine
  • German: Mine
  • Greek: νάρκη (narki)
  • Indonesian: ranjau
  • Italian: mina
  • Japanese: (じらい, jirai)
  • Khmer: (krōəp mīn), (mīn)
  • Korean: 지뢰 (地雷, jiroe)
  • Latvian: mīna
  • Polish: mina
  • Portuguese: mina
  • Romanian: mină
  • Russian: мина
  • Slovene: mina
  • Spanish: mina
  • Swedish: mina
  • Thai: (gàp rá-bèrt)
  • trreq Vietnamese
firework

Verb

  1. To remove (ore) from the ground.
    Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only place in the world where visitors can mine their own diamonds.
  2. To sow mines (the explosive devices) in (an area).
    We had to slow our advance after the enemy mined the road ahead of us.
  3. To damage (a vehicle or ship) with a mine (an explosive device).
Derived terms
Translations
remove from the ground
  • Dutch: ontginnen
  • Finnish: louhia, kaivaa
  • Italian: scavare, estrarre
  • Latvian: iegūt
  • Polish: wydobywać
  • Portuguese: explorar, minar
  • Spanish: extraer
sow mines in
damage with a mine

French

Pronunciation

  • /min/

Etymology 1

*mina, from *meina.

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. mine (excavation or explosive)

Etymology 2

From min.

Noun

  1. appearance, physical aspect; expression

Italian

Noun

mine
  1. Plural of mina

Romanian

Noun

mine f|p
  1. Plural of mină mines

Pronoun

  1. me
    iubeşti pe mine? - Do you love me?

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Mine or mines can refer to:

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mine in German: Mine
mine in Spanish: Mina
mine in Esperanto: Mino
mine in French: Mine
mine in Indonesian: Ranjau
mine in Italian: Mina
mine in Lithuanian: Mina
mine in Dutch: Mijn
mine in Polish: Mina
mine in Portuguese: Mine

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