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Countermine definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

COUNTERMINE, n. [counter and mine.]
1. In military affairs, a well and gallery sunk in the earth and running under ground, in search of the enemys mine, or till it meets it, to defeat its effect.
2. Means of opposition or counteraction.
3. A stratagem or project to frustrate any contrivance.
COUNTERMINE, v.t.
1. To sink a well and gallery in the earth, in search of an enemys mine, to frustrate his designs.
2. To counterwork; to frustrate by secret and opposite measures.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (military) a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by the enemy v
1: destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war" [syn: sabotage, undermine, countermine, counteract, subvert, weaken]
2: destroy enemy mines with one's own mines; "We countermined the banks of the river"

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1548 a tunnel for intercepting an enemy mine

U.S. Military Dictionary

(*) To explode the main charge in a mine by the shock of a nearby explosion of another mine or independent explosive charge. The explosion of the main charge may be caused either by sympathetic detonation or through the explosive train and/or firing mechanism of the mine.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 Mil. a a mine dug to intercept another dug by an enemy. b a submarine mine sunk to explode an enemy's mines. 2 a counterplot. --v.tr. make a countermine against.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Countermine Coun"ter*mine` (koun"t[~e]r*m[imac]n`), n. [Counter- + mine underground gallery: cf. F. contermine.] 1. (Mil.) An underground gallery excavated to intercept and destroy the mining of an enemy. 2. A stratagem or plot by which another sratagem or project is defeated. Thinking himself contemned, knowing no countermine against contempt but terror. --Sir P. Sidney.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Countermine Coun`ter*mine" (koun`t[~e]r*m[imac]n"), v. t. [Cf. F. contreminer.] [imp. & p. p. Countermined; p. pr. & vb. n. Countermining.] 1. (Mil.) To oppose by means of a countermine; to intercept with a countermine. 2. To frustrate or counteract by secret measures.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Countermine Coun`ter*mine", v. i. To make a countermine or counterplot; to plot secretly. 'Tis hard for man to countermine with God. --Chapman.

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