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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

land′ mine`*(n.)

  1. an explosive charge concealed just under the surface of the ground or of a roadway, designed to be detonated by pressure, proximity of a vehicle or person, etc.

    Category: Military

* Mil..

Origin of land mine:

1885–90

Princeton's WordNet

  1. land mine, ground-emplaced mine, booby trap(noun)

    an explosive mine hidden underground; explodes when stepped on or driven over

Wiktionary

  1. land mine(Noun)

    A mine that is placed on land and designed to explode when stepped upon or touched.

Freebase

  1. Land mine

    A land mine is an explosive device, concealed under or on the ground and designed to destroy or disable enemy targets as they pass over or near the device. Such devices are typically detonated automatically by way of pressure from the target stepping or driving on it, though other detonation mechanisms may be possible. The device may cause damage either by a direct blast or by fragments that are thrown by the blast. The name originates from the ancient practice of military mining, where tunnels were dug under enemy fortifications or troop formations by sappers. These killing tunnels were at first collapsed to destroy targets located above, but they were later filled with explosives and detonated in order to cause even greater devastation. Nowadays, in common parlance, land mines generally refer to devices specifically manufactured as anti-personnel or anti-vehicle weapons. Though many types of improvised explosive devices can technically be classified as land mines, the term land mine is typically reserved for manufactured devices designed to be used by recognized military services, whereas IED is used for makeshift devices assembled by paramilitary, insurgent, or terrorist groups.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

land mine

a mine laid on or near the surface of the ground, which is set off by something passing over it.

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