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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mine
See Mien.

Etymology: F

adjective and pronoun Mine
Belonging to me; my. Used as a pronominal to me; my. Used as a pronominal adjective in the predicate; as, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” Rom. xii. 19 . Also, in the old style, used attributively, instead of my, before a noun beginning with a vowel.

Note: Mine is often used absolutely, the thing possessed being understood; as, his son is in the army, mine in the navy.

Etymology: OE. min, fr. AS. mīn; akin to D. mijn, OS., OFries., & OHG. mīn, G. mein, Sw. & Dan. min, Icel. minn, Goth. meins my, mine, meina of me, and E. me. √187. See Me, and cf. My

verb Mine
  1. 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.
  2. To form subterraneous tunnel or hole; to form a burrow or lodge in the earth; as, the mining cony.

Etymology: F. miner, L. minare to drive animals, in LL. also, to lead, conduct, dig a mine (cf. E. lode, and lead to conduct), akin to L. minari to threaten; cf. Sp. mina mine, conduit, subterraneous canal, a spring or source of water, It. mina. See Menace, and cf. Mien

verb Mine
  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.]
noun Mine
  1. A subterranean cavity or passageespecially:
    1. 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.
    2. [Mil]
      A cavity or tunnel made under a fortification or other work, for the purpose of blowing up the superstructure with some explosive agent.
  2. Any place where ore, metals, or precious stones are got by digging or washing the soil; as, a placer mine .
  3. (Fig)A rich source of wealth or other good.
  4. [Mil] An explosive device placed concealed in a location, on land or at sea, where an enemy vehicle or enemy personnel may pass through, having a triggering mechanism which detects people or vehicles, and which will explode and kill or maim personnel or destroy or damage vehicles. A mine placed at sea (formerly called a torpedo, see torpedo2) is also called an marine mine and underwater mine and sometimes called a floating mine , even though it may be anchored to the floor of the sea and not actually float freely. A mine placed on land (formerly called a torpedo, see torpedo3}), usually buried, is called a land mine.

Etymology: F., fr. LL. mina. See Mine (v. i.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Explosive device that explodes on contact; designed to destroy vehicles or ships or to kill or maim personnel
  2. Excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted
  3. Lay mines ("The Vietnamese mined Cambodia")
  4. Get from the earth by excavation ("mine ores and metals")

Mine was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Mine

Mine Yoshizaki is a mangaka and manga artist. Mine was born on December 2nd, 1971 in Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan.


Miné Okubo was a in the fields of drawing, painting, and writing. Miné was born Miné Okubo on June 27th, 1912 in Riverside, California. She passed away on February 10th, 2001.


Mine was born in 1951.


Mine Teber is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Mine was given the name Mine Şenhuy Teber in 1961 in Cyprus.


Mine Gungor is a hockey player. Mine was born on January 4th, 1983 in Mamak, Ankara, Turkey.


Mine Ojo is a sports team member for the Warri Wolves F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Mine

Fujiko Mine is an animanga character.


Dick Mine was a japanese jazz, ryūkōka, gunka, and kayōkyoku singing and actor. He was most prominent from 1934 to 1934. Dick was given the name Tokuichi Mine on October 8th, 1908 in Tokushima, Tokushima. Dick is also known as Kōichi Mine. He passed away on June 10th, 1991.


Kazuki Mine is a soccer player for the Kyoto Sanga F.C. Kazuki was born on April 18th, 1993 in Osaka Prefecture.


Eken Mine was a voice acting in japan and voice actor. His career lasted from 1962 to 2002. Eken was born on February 15th, 1935 in Nagasaki Prefecture. He left this life on February 6th, 2002.


Yukiyo was born on January 26th, 1988 in Fukuoka, Japan.


Keiko was born on November 5th, 1964.


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Popularity of Mine as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mine U.S.
  White 56.44% 64.26%
  African American 7.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 24.09% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.28% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mine

People with the last name Mine are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Mine

  • How Popular is the name Mine? As a last name Mine was the 65,424th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Mine first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Mine is Thursday, July 20th, 1871.
  • How unique is the name Mine? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Mine. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Mine: Your name in reverse order is Enim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iemn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mine? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 303 people with the last name Mine.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mine? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mine as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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