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mining (n.)

1520s, "the business or work of a miner," verbal noun from mine (v.1). From c. 1300 as "the undermining of walls or towers in a military attack." Mining-camp "temporary settlement for mining purposes" is by 1853, in a California context.

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Definitions of mining from WordNet

mining (n.)
the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth;
Synonyms: excavation
mining (n.)
laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment;
Synonyms: minelaying
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