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[mahy-ner] /ˈmaɪ nər/
Also called mineworker. a person who works in a mine, especially a commercial mine producing coal or metallic ores.
a mechanical device used in mining:
a miner for extracting ores from the ocean floor.
any of several Australian birds of the genus Manorina, feeding on honey and typically having a loud call.
any of various insect larvae that create tunnels in the parenchyma of leaves.
(formerly) a person who places or lays military or naval mines.
Origin of miner
1225-75; mine2 + -er1; replacing Middle English minour < Anglo-French (see -or2)
Can be confused
miner, minor, myna. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for miner
  • Except for the explosives, the only energy deployed was the miner's own.
  • He built a play corral of mud and broken miner's candle stems, and placed inside the rocks that were his horses.
  • We're talking on-moon processing sites that either have to be mobile or have fleets of miner vehicles.
  • The best way to settle the question is simply to gather more evidence, and the miner's site may hold some clues.
  • Slightly more problematic for the backyard miner is that the metals in dirt often exist in the form of oxides.
  • After accidentally discovering an alien artifact, the space miner finds himself stranded on an asteroid, his co-workers missing.
  • Across the street, at the edge of the town park, a bronze statue of a coal miner stands with pick in hand.
  • His miner's helmet and headlamp are tilted back at a jaunty angle, revealing longish hair that is surely blond in real life.
  • Clearly, not all parts of the state are as effective as its miner-rescue team.
  • Accounting irregularities, however modest, are often the miner's canary.
British Dictionary definitions for miner


a person who works in a mine
Also called continuous miner. a large machine for the automatic extraction of minerals, esp coal, from a mine
any of various insects or insect larvae that bore into and feed on plant tissues See also leaf miner
(Austral) any of several honey-eaters of the genus Manorina, esp M. melanocephala (noisy miner), of scrub regions See noisy miner
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Word Origin and History for miner

late 13c., from Old French minour (13c.), from miner "to mine" (see mine (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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