Crossword clues for mining
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Mine \Mine\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mined; p. pr. & vb. n. Mining.]
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.
They mined the walls.
Too lazy to cut down these immense trees, the spoilers . . . had mined them, 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 mined.
To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.
The principal ore mined there is the bituminous cinnabar.
Mining \Min"ing\, n. [See Mine, v. i.] The act or business of making mines or of working them.
Mining \Min"ing\, a. Of or pertaining to mines; as, mining engineer; mining machinery; a mining region.
Mining engineering. See the Note under Engineering.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1520s, verbal noun from mine (v.1).
n. 1 (senseid en activity of removing solid valuables from the earth) The activity of removing solid valuables from the earth. 2 (context figuratively English) Any activity that extracts or undermines. 3 (context military English) The activity of placing explosives underground, rigged to explode vb. (present participle of mine English)
Mining is the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth from an orebody, lode, vein, seam, reef or placer deposits which forms the mineralized package of economic interest to the miner.
Ores recovered by mining include metals, coal, oil shale, gemstones, limestone, dimension stone, rock salt, potash, gravel, and clay. Mining is required to obtain any material that cannot be grown through agricultural processes, or created artificially in a laboratory or factory. Mining in a wider sense includes extraction of any non-renewable resource such as petroleum, natural gas, or even water.
Mining of stones and metal has been a human activity since pre-historic times. Modern mining processes involve prospecting for ore bodies, analysis of the profit potential of a proposed mine, extraction of the desired materials, and final reclamation of the land after the mine is closed.
Mining operations usually create a negative environmental impact, both during the mining activity and after the mine has closed. Hence, most of the world's nations have passed regulations to decrease the impact. Worker safety has long been a concern as well, and modern practices have significantly improved safety in mines.
Levels of metals recycling are generally low. Unless future end-of-life recycling rates are stepped up, some rare metals may become unavailable for use in a variety of consumer products. Due to the low recycling rates, some landfills now contain higher concentrations of metal than mines themselves.
Military mining, undermining or tunnel warfare is a siege method based on mining techniques which has been used since antiquity against a walled city, fortress, castle or other strongly held and fortified military position. A counter mine is a mine dug to allow defenders to attack miners, or destroy a mine threatening their fortifications.
Mining may refer to:
- Mining, the extraction of geological materials from the Earth.
- Bitcoin mining, the allocation of processing power for Bitcoin transactions with the expectation of a reward.
- Data mining, the process of extracting knowledge from a data set.
- Mining (military), a siege tactic.
- Mining, Austria, a municipality in Upper Austria.
- Mianning, the Daoguang Emperor, eighth emperor of the Manchurian Qing dynasty.
Usage examples of "mining".
It was found buried in alluvium and was discovered during the mining operations at Green.
People would complete his mission, even if they must wrest it from his own apostate race, and die Synod had elevated the son of a lowly mining engineer to the primacy of New New Hebrides to oversee that completion.
Just as he could input, store and recite the successive approximations for figuring out where and when to launch radio-transmitter-tagged asteroids toward the nearest mining ship, or toward the Moon itself, once Lawler and Garrick used their computers to calculate those approximations, then transmitted the figures to him in his cabin.
The second new polymer man got clewed in to Mining and Metallurgy on an emergency job when it was discovered that he had worked summers on a barytes washer in Missouri.
A factor which Watson overlooks in his enthusiasm for asteroid mining is that if buckytube composites can be made cheap enough to make a space elevator possible they will entirely replace steel as a structural material.
Steve Edmond had survived to become fairly old and extremely rich, certainly the biggest mining magnate in Ontario.
The dangers of attack, counter-attack, mining, spying, and enfilade gave pamphlet battles a metaphorically military appearance.
Bernath of Amalgamated Mining was in midstream, spitting water and wading one way while her horse went in the other.
On all the islands, the arts mostly practiced by witches, such as midwifery, healing, animal husbandry, dousing, mining and metallurgy, planting and growing spells, love spells, and so on, often invoked or drew upon the Old Powers.
In 1888, he met with Lobengula, a leader of the Ndebele, and through deceit and deliberate mistranslation got him to agree to British mining and colonization of lands between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers.
I can offer immediate access to considerable specialist resources such as forensic labs and database mining, which the police have to outsource anyway.
Sanchez, the ancient widow who was rumored to have murdered her husband in a dust storm sixty-two years before, the Perell twins who -- for unknown reasons -- preferred the old run-down church to the spotless and air-conditioned company chapel on the mining reservation, and the mysterious old man with the radiation-scarred face who knelt in the rearmost pew and never took Communion.
From the start the center was funded by big polluters and trade associations representing the oil, chemical, auto, drug, agribusiness, and mining sectors with gripes against government regulations.
La Culte du Prochain Train, the Cult of the Endless Kiss of the iron mining regions surrounding the Gulf of St.
My grandfather knew this country better than I shall ever know it - driving his cattle up to the gold camps at Nullagine, opening up new territory, prospecting, mining, fishing.