mine

mine
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[[t]maɪn[/t]]
pron.
1) a form of the possessive case of I used as a predicate adjective:
The yellow sweater is mine[/ex]
2) fun that or those belonging to me:
Mine is on the left[/ex]
3) archaic my (used before a word beginning with a vowel or a silent h, or following a noun):
mine eyes; lady mine[/ex]
Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE mīn my; c. OFris, OOHGmīn II
mine
[[t]maɪn[/t]] n. v. mined, min•ing
1) min an excavation made in the earth for the purpose of extracting mineral substances, as ore, coal, or precious stones
2) min a natural deposit of such substances
3) an abundant source; store:
a mine of information[/ex]
4) mil an explosive device floating on or moored just below the surface of the water, used for blowing up an enemy ship that strikes it or passes close by it
5) mil a similar device used on land against personnel or vehicles; land mine
6) mil an underground passage dug under an enemy's position so as to deposit explosives that will blow up the position
7) ppa a passageway in the tissue of a leaf, made by certain insects
8) min to dig in the earth for the purpose of extracting a mineral substance; make a mine
9) min to extract a mineral substance from a mine
10) to make subterranean passages
11) mil to place or lay mines, as in military or naval operations
12) min to dig in (earth) in order to extract a mineral substance
13) min to extract (a mineral substance) from a mine
14) cvb to use for extracting useful or valuable material from:
to mine every reference book available[/ex]
15) cvb to use, esp. a natural resource:
to mine the nation's forests[/ex]
16) to make subterranean passages in or under; burrow
17) to make, as a passage or tunnel, by digging or burrowing
18) to dig away or remove the foundations of
19) mil to place or lay military or naval mines under
20) ecl to remove (a natural resource) from its source without attempting to replenish it
Etymology: 1275–1325; (v.) ME < OF miner < VL *mīnāre, prob. < a Celtic base *mein-; (n.) ME < MF, perh. n. der. of miner; cf. ML mina mine, mineral

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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Synonyms:
, / , (secretly)


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