mining min‧ing [ˈmaɪnɪŋ] noun [uncountable]
the action or industry of getting minerals out of the earth by digging:

• a mining company

ˌopencast ˈmining
mining in which minerals, especially coal, is taken out of holes in the ground near the surface, not from deep under the ground — see also data mining

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mining UK US /ˈmaɪnɪŋ/ noun [U] NATURAL RESOURCES
the industry or activity of removing substances such as coal or metal from the ground by digging: »

Explosives and detonators are widely used in mining.

coal/salt/gold/diamond mining »

Traditional industries such as coal mining have almost disappeared.


a mining town/community


the mining industry/sector


a mining company/business/concern


a mining engineer

See also MINE(Cf. mine) noun, DATA MINING(Cf. ↑data mining), OPENCAST MINING(Cf. ↑opencast mining)

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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