Hypertext Webster Gateway: "mine"

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary (easton)

The process of mining is described in Job 28:1-11. Moses speaks
of the mineral wealth of Palestine (Deut. 8:9). Job 28:4 is
rightly thus rendered in the Revised Version, "He breaketh open
a shaft away from where men sojourn; they are forgotten of the
foot [that passeth by]; they hang afar from men, they swing to
and fro." These words illustrate ancient mining operations.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mine \Mine\, n. [F.]
See {Mien}. [Obs.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mine \Mine\, pron. & a. [OE. min, fr. AS. m[=i]n; akin to D.
mijn, OS., OFries., & OHG. m[=i]n, G. mein, Sw. & Dan. min,
Icel. minn, Goth. meins my, mine, meina of me, and E. me.
????. See {Me}, and cf. {My}.]
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.

I kept myself from mine iniquity. --Ps. xviii.

Note: Mine is often used absolutely, the thing possessed
being understood; as, his son is in the army, mine in
the navy.

When a man deceives me once, says the Italian
proverb, it is his fault; when twice, it is mine.
--Bp. Horne.

This title honors me and mine. --Shak.

She shall have me and mine. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mine \Mine\, n. [F., fr. LL. mina. See {Mine}, v. i.]
1. A subterranean cavity or passage; especially:
(a) 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.
(b) (Mil.) A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification
or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the
superstructure with some explosive agent.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mine \Mine\, v. i. [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}.]
1. 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

2. To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or
lodge in the earth; as, the mining cony.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mine \Mine\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mined}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. 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. --Hayward.

Too lazy to cut down these immense trees, the
spoilers . . . had mined them, and placed a quantity
of gunpowder in the cavity. --Sir W.

2. To dig into, for ore or metal.

Lead veins have been traced . . . but they have not
been mined. --Ure.

3. To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.

The principal ore mined there is the bituminous
cinnabar. --Ure.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are
2: explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to
destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
v 1: get from the earth; of ores and metals
2: lay mines; "The Vietnamese mined Cambodia"

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