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A ship equipped for detecting, destroying, removing, or neutralizing explosive marine mines.

mine′sweep′ing n.


The technique of clearing mines using either mechanical, explosive, or influence sweep equipment. Mechanical sweeping removes, disturbs, or otherwise neutralizes the mine; explosive sweeping causes sympathetic detonations in, damages, or displaces the mine; and influence sweeping produces either the acoustic and/or magnetic influence required to detonate the mine. See also minehunting.
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Noun1.minesweeping - the activity of detecting and disposing of marine minesminesweeping - the activity of detecting and disposing of marine mines
mine disposal - the disposal of explosive mines
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