counter mining

countermine

[n. koun-ter-mahyn; v. koun-ter-mahyn, koun-ter-mahyn]
noun
1.
Military. a mine intended to intercept or destroy an enemy mine.
2.
a counterplot.
verb (used with object), countermined, countermining.
3.
to oppose by a countermine.
verb (used without object), countermined, countermining.
4.
to make a countermine.
5.
Military. to intercept or destroy enemy mines.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see counter-, mine2

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countermine
 
n
1.  military a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by an enemy
2.  a plot to frustrate another plot
 
vb
3.  to frustrate by countermeasures
4.  military to take measures to defeat the underground operations of (an enemy)
5.  military to destroy enemy mines in (an area) with mines of one's own

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