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adit a nearly horizontal shaft to the surface in a mine.
afterdamp poisonous gas formed after the explosion of firedamp in a mine.
airshaft a passage into a mine etc.
backwork work done underground but not at the coalface.
backworker a miner who does backwork, work done underground but not at the coalface.
banket a gold-bearing pebbly conglomerate.
banksman an overseer at a pit-mouth.
beneficiate to treat ores to remove impurities.
blackdamp air that is low in oxygen and high in carbon dioxide as a result of an explosion in a mine.
bonanza (Spanish) a lucky strike in eg mining.
bondager (Hist.) a field worker, esp a woman who works in the field.
borehole a hole bored in the earth.
brakesman a pithead winch operator.
bucker a hammer for bucking ore, i.e. breaking it into small pieces.
buddle a sloping container for washing ore; (verb) to wash ore in this.
casinghead in mineral extraction, the part of a well that is above the surface.
chalkpit a pit from which chalk is quarried.
checkweigher a colliery worker who, on behalf of the miners, checks the weight of coal sent up to the pit-mouth.
chokedamp an asphyxiating gas, mainly carbon dioxide, found in mines.
claggy tenacious, sticky.
coalface the part of a mine where the coal is being dug.
coalfield a district or area containing coal strata.
coalmaster the owner or lessee of a coalfield.
coalmine a mine at which coal is dug.
coalminer one who digs coal.
collier a coal miner.
concentrator an apparatus for concentrating solutions or for obtaining minerals from ores by physical means.
costean to sink pits through the surface soil to the underlying rock in order to establish the direction of a lode.
dogman (Aust. sl.) a person who directs the operation of a crane while riding on the object being lifted by it.
dollier one who uses a dolly, an implement used to wash ore.
dolly an apparatus for agitating and washing ore in a vessel; (verb) to wash ore with a dolly.
downcast a current of air into a mine.
downhole relating to the drills, measuring equipment used in a borehole.
drillhole a hole bored in the ground eg for rock samples.
eluant a liquid used for elution.
eluate a liquid obtained by eluting.
elute to extract one material from another by elution, purification or separation by washing.
elution purification or separation by washing.
faceman a miner who works at the coalface.
faceworker a miner who works at the coalface.
firedamp a combustible mine gas, mainly methane, that can explode upon contact with a supply of oxygen.
fireflood a method of extracting oil from a well by burning some of the oil to increase the flow.
footwall the layer of rock beneath a vein of ore.
fossick (Aust. sl.) to search for gold (among tailings); to rummage (for profit).
fossicker (Aust. sl.) one who fossicks, rummages about, or searches for gold near the surface of a mine.
fracker one who engages in fracking for shale oil.
gasser an oil well yielding natural gas.
gaulter a person who digs gault, a heavy clay used for bricks.
goaf a space in a coal-seam, into which waste is packed.
goldfield a gold-producing region.
goldminer one who mines for gold.
gusher an oil well that does not have to be pumped.
headframe the structure over a mine shaft supporting the machinery.
heapstead the buildings and places around a mine shaft.
hydraulic relating to water (verb) to excavate and wash out with powerful jets of water
hydraulically (Adv.) HYDRAULIC, relating to water.
kelly the top pipe of a rotary string of drill pipes.
limepit a pit from which lime is dug.
locater one who locates, or is entitled to locate, land or a mining claim.
locator one who locates, or is entitled to locate, land or a mining claim.
lode a deposit of valuable ore occurring between definite limits in the surrounding rock.
longwall a long working face in a coalmine.
minable able to be mined.
mine a place from which minerals, esp coal or precious metals, are dug (verb) to dig into for valuable materials
mineable able to be mined.
miner one that mines.
mineshaft a vertical entrance into a mine.
mineworker one who works in a mine.
miny abounding with mines; like a mine.
mudlogger a person who looks for oil, gas etc. in traces of mud excavated from a borehole.
mudlogging looking for oil, gas etc. in traces of mud excavated from a borehole.
mullock (Aust. sl.) waste earth or rock from a mine.
mullocky (Aust. sl.) like mullock, waste earth or rock from a mine.
oncostman a mine worker paid by the day.
opencast worked from a surface open to the air.
orebody a mass of ore in a mine.
overman a supervisor in mining (verb) to man excessively
overmine to mine to excess.
oversman an overseer; a superintendent.
owre (Scots) over; (Spenser) ore.
pan a broad, shallow container; (verb) to wash earth for gold.
panner one who pans for gold.
pipework piping or pipes collectively; a vein of ore in the form of a pipe.
pithead the top of a pit or shaft in a coalmine; the area immediately surrounding this.
pitprop a (usu timber) support in the workings of a coalmine.
proppant a material, eg sand, used to keep open fissures in an oil-bearing sediment.
prospector one who prospects.
pumpjack a pumping apparatus at an oil well.
quarryman a quarry worker.
regulise to reduce to regulus, an intermediate product in ore smelting.
regulize to reduce to regulus, an intermediate product in ore smelting.
schlich (Ger.) the finer portion of a crushed ore, as of gold, lead, or tin, separated by the water in certain wet processes.
shadrach a mass of iron on which the operation of smelting has failed of its intended effect.
shotfirer the mining worker who fires the blasting charges.
speise (Ger.) a mass of arsenides and commonly antimony compounds, a first product in smelting certain ores.
speiss (Ger.) a mass of arsenides and commonly antimony compounds, a first product in smelting certain ores.
spoil to mar.
spudder a small drilling rig used for spudding in wells.
stannary a place or region where tin is mined or worked.
stemmer a metal bar used to tamp down a charge in a blasting hole.
stempel (Ger.) a cross-timber in a shaft.
stemple a cross-timber in a shaft.
stockwork (Ger.) a mass of veins, impregnations, etc of ore that can be worked as one deposit.
stope a steplike working in a mine to extract ore; (verb) to excavate in stopes.
stoper one that stopes, excavates in mining using a stope.
stull a horizontal prop in a stope.
stulm an adit or level in a mine.
subclaim part of a mining claim.
subshaft a shaft that is beneath another shaft.
timberman a man employed in placing supports of timber in a mine.
tinner a tin-miner.
toolpusher a supervisor of drilling operations at an oil well.
torta in mining, a flat circular pile of silver ore.
tributer one who works for a certain portion of the ore, or its value.
tye an inclined trough for washing ore; (verb) to wash in a tye trough.
undercast an air-passage crossing under a road in a mine.
underlooker a mine manager's assistant.
underviewer a mine manager's assistant.
unmined not mined.
unwater to drain, esp a mine.
weighboard a thin geological seam separating larger strata.
wheal a raised mark on the skin left by a blow.
whitedamp a mixture of poisonous gases, esp carbon monoxide, in a mine.
wildcatter one that drills wells in the hope of finding oil in territory not known to be an oil field.
winds a small ventilating shaft between two levels of a mine.
winze a small ventilating shaft between two levels of a mine.