Definitions for: Countermine

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Coun`ter*mine", v. i.
To make a countermine or counterplot; to plot secretly.

'Tis hard for man to countermine with God. --Chapman.

Synonyms: counteract, sabotage, subvert, undermine, weaken

See Also: countermeasure, derail, disobey, mine

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