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coun·ter·mine

 (koun′tər-mīn′)
v. coun·ter·mined, coun·ter·min·ing, coun·ter·mines
v.tr.
1. To frustrate or defeat by secret and opposite measures.
2. To make or use a countermine against.
v.intr.
To make or lay down countermines.
n. (koun′tər-mīn′)
1. A tunnel dug to intercept and destroy an enemy's mine.
2. A plot to frustrate or defeat an attack.
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countermine

n
1. (Military) military a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by an enemy
2. a plot to frustrate another plot
vb
3. to frustrate by countermeasures
4. (Military) military to take measures to defeat the underground operations of (an enemy)
5. (Military) military to destroy enemy mines in (an area) with mines of one's own
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coun•ter•mine

(ˈkaʊn tərˌmaɪn)

n., v. -mined, -min•ing. n.
1. a mine intended to intercept an enemy mine.
2. a counterplot.
v.t.
3. to intercept by a countermine.
v.i.
4. to counterplot.
[1425–75]
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countermine

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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.

countermine


Past participle: countermined
Gerund: countermining

Imperative
countermine
countermine
Present
I countermine
you countermine
he/she/it countermines
we countermine
you countermine
they countermine
Preterite
I countermined
you countermined
he/she/it countermined
we countermined
you countermined
they countermined
Present Continuous
I am countermining
you are countermining
he/she/it is countermining
we are countermining
you are countermining
they are countermining
Present Perfect
I have countermined
you have countermined
he/she/it has countermined
we have countermined
you have countermined
they have countermined
Past Continuous
I was countermining
you were countermining
he/she/it was countermining
we were countermining
you were countermining
they were countermining
Past Perfect
I had countermined
you had countermined
he/she/it had countermined
we had countermined
you had countermined
they had countermined
Future
I will countermine
you will countermine
he/she/it will countermine
we will countermine
you will countermine
they will countermine
Future Perfect
I will have countermined
you will have countermined
he/she/it will have countermined
we will have countermined
you will have countermined
they will have countermined
Future Continuous
I will be countermining
you will be countermining
he/she/it will be countermining
we will be countermining
you will be countermining
they will be countermining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been countermining
you have been countermining
he/she/it has been countermining
we have been countermining
you have been countermining
they have been countermining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been countermining
you will have been countermining
he/she/it will have been countermining
we will have been countermining
you will have been countermining
they will have been countermining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been countermining
you had been countermining
he/she/it had been countermining
we had been countermining
you had been countermining
they had been countermining
Conditional
I would countermine
you would countermine
he/she/it would countermine
we would countermine
you would countermine
they would countermine
Past Conditional
I would have countermined
you would have countermined
he/she/it would have countermined
we would have countermined
you would have countermined
they would have countermined
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.countermine - (military) a tunnel dug to defeat similar activities by the enemy
countermeasure - an action taken to offset another action
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
Verb1.countermine - destroy property or hinder normal operationscountermine - destroy property or hinder normal operations; "The Resistance sabotaged railroad operations during the war"
derail - cause to run off the tracks; "they had planned to derail the trains that carried atomic waste"
disobey - refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient; "He disobeyed his supervisor and was fired"
2.countermine - destroy enemy mines with one's own mines; "We countermined the banks of the river"
mine - lay mines; "The Vietnamese mined Cambodia"
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"Good God!" cried March, "shall we never get to the bottom of your mines and countermines?"
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