Mine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mined p. pr. & vb. n. Mining.]
1. 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. --Hayward.
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.
2. To dig into, for ore or metal.
Lead veins have been traced . . . but they have not been mined. --Ure.
3. To get, as metals, out of the earth by digging.
The principal ore mined there is the bituminous cinnabar. --Ure.
Min·ing n. The act or business of making mines or of working them.
Min·ing, a. Of or pertaining to mines; as, mining engineer; mining machinery; a mining region.
Mining engineering. See the Note under Engineering.
n 1: the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth [syn:
2: laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy
personnel and equipment [syn: minelaying]