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Pronunciation:  [n]'kawntur`mIn, [v]`kawntur'mIn, 'kaûntu`mIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (military) a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by the enemy
  2. [v]  destroy enemy mines with one's own mines; "We countermined the banks of the river"
  3. [v]  destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"

COUNTERMINE is a 11 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: counteract, sabotage, subvert, undermine, weaken
 See Also: countermeasure, derail, disobey, mine



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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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