mining-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: extracting ores

Commentary: MINING[+event] excavation - the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth

The mining went on all day, from dawn until dusk.
The mining was finished in late September.

PropBank: mining.01
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: laying mines

Commentary: MINING[+event] mine-laying - laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment

The mining of the field proved futile.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2