|1.||something or someone belonging to or associated with me: mine is best|
|2.||of mine belonging to or associated with me|
|3.||(preceding a vowel) an archaic word for my : mine eyes; mine host|
|[Old English mīn; compare Old High German, Old Norse mīn, Dutch mijn]|
|1.||a system of excavations made for the extraction of minerals, esp coal, ores, or precious stones|
|2.||any deposit of ore or minerals|
|3.||a lucrative source or abundant supply: she was a mine of information|
|4.||a device containing an explosive designed to destroy ships, vehicles, or personnel, usually laid beneath the ground or in water|
|5.||a tunnel or sap dug to undermine a fortification|
|6.||a groove or tunnel made by certain insects, esp in a leaf|
|7.||to dig into (the earth) for (minerals)|
|8.||to make (a hole, tunnel, etc) by digging or boring|
|9.||to place explosive mines in position below the surface of (the sea or land)|
|10.||to undermine (a fortification) by digging mines or saps|
|11.||another word for undermine|
|[C13: from Old French, probably of Celtic origin; compare Irish mein, Welsh mwyn ore, mine]|
The symbol for the element iodine.
iThe symbol for current.
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.