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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Old English mīn

Pronoun

mine

  1. Non-premodifying possessive case of I. My; belonging to me; that which belongs to me. (See usage notes below.)
Usage notes
  • My and mine are essentially two forms of the same word, with my being used attributively before the noun, and mine being used in all other cases; hence:
    No, that's not my car. (attributive use)
    That car next to it isn't mine, either. (predicative use)
    Mine is the one over there, on the far right. (substantive use)
    Mine for only a week so far, it already feels like an old friend. (absolute use)
  • In archaic use, this word is occasionally used attributively after the noun, in which case mine is used:
  • In the above respects, this word is analogous to most of the other possessive pronouns, as well as a number of other noun modifiers, such as lone/alone.
  • Historically, my originally came to be used only before a consonant sound, and later came to be used regardless of the following sound. Nonetheless, mine still sees archaic pre-vocalic use:
Translations

Etymology 2

Via Middle English from Old French, compare French mine.

Noun

Singular
mine

Plural
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mine ({{{1}}})
  1. An excavation from which ore or solid minerals are taken.
  2. (military) A passage dug toward or underneath enemy lines, which is then packed with explosives.
  3. (military) A device intended to explode when stepped upon or touched, or when approached by a ship, vehicle, or person.
  4. (pyrotechnics) A type of firework that explodes on the ground, shooting sparks upward.
  5. (entomology) The cavity made by a caterpillar while feeding inside a leaf.
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Verb

Infinitive
to mine

Third person singular
min

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to mine (third-person singular simple present min, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To remove (ore) from the ground.
    Crater of Diamonds State Park is the only place in the world where visitors can mine their own diamonds.
  2. (transitive) To sow mines (the explosive devices) in (an area).
    We had to slow our advance after the enemy mined the road ahead of us.
  3. (transitive) To damage (a vehicle or ship) with a mine (an explosive device).
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French

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Vulgar Latin *mina, from Celtic *meina.

Noun

mine f. (plural mines)

  1. mine (excavation or explosive)

Etymology 2

From Breton min (beak, muzzle).

Noun

mine f.

  1. appearance, physical aspect; expression

Italian

Noun

mine f.

  1. Plural form of mina.

Romanian

Noun

mine f. pl.

  1. Plural form of mină. mines

Pronoun

mine (stressed accusative form of eu)[[Category:Template:lang:ro pronouns|mine]]

  1. me
    iubeşti pe mine? - Do you love me?

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