Webster 1913 Edition
min, fr. AS.
mīn; akin to D.
mijn, OS., OFries., & OHG.
mein, Sw. & Dan.
meinaof me, and E.
me. √187. See
Me, and cf.
Belonging to me; my. Used as a pronominal to me; my. Used as a pronominal adjective in the predicate;
as, “Vengeance is. Also, in the old style, used attributively, instead of my, before a noun beginning with a vowel.
mine; I will repay.”
Rom. xii. 19
I kept myself from
Ps. xviii. 23.
☞ 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
This title honors me and
She shall have me and
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 otherwise.
To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth;
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
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.
Too lazy to cut down these immense trees, the spoilers . . . had
minedthem, and placed a quantity of gunpowder in the cavity.
Sir W. Scott.
To dig into, for ore or metal.
Lead veins have been traced . . . but they have not been
To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.
The principal ore
minedthere is the bituminous cinnabar.
[F., fr. LL.
A subterranean cavity or passage;
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.
A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the superstructure with some explosive agent.
Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by digging or washing the soil;
as, a placer.
A rich source of wealth or other good.
a form of magnetic compass used by miners.–
pig iron made wholly from ore; in distinction from–
cinder pig, which is made from ore mixed with forge or mill cinder.
a mine where gold is obtained.
a rich source of wealth or other good; same as
Webster 1828 Edition
My; belonging to me. It was formerly used before nouns beginning with vowels. 'I kept myself from mine iniquity.' Ps.18. But this use is no longer retained. We now use my before a vowel as well as before an articulation; as my iniquity. In present usage, my always precedes the noun, and mine follows the noun, and usually the verb; as, this is my book; this book is mine; it is called my book; the book is called mine: it is acknowledged to be mine.
Mine sometimes supplies the place of a noun. Your sword and mine are different in construction.
1.A pit or excavation in the earth, from which metallic ores, mineral substances and other fossil bodies are taken by digging. The pits from which stones only are taken, are called quarries.
2.In the military art, a subterraneous canal or passage dug under the wall or rampart of a fortification, where a quantity of power may be lodged for blowing up the works.
3.A rich source of wealth or other good.
1.To form a subterraneous canal or hole by scratching; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth, as animals; as the mining coney.
2.To practice secret means in injury.
They mined the walls.
In a metaphorical sense, undermine is generally used.