from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A marine mine detonated by a mechanism that responds to a mass of magnetic material, such as the steel hull of a ship.
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- n. A mine which responds to the magnetic field of a target.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A marine mine that is detonated by a mechanism that detects the nearness of magnetic material (as the steel hull of a ship). A magnetic counter mine may allow the passagw of several ships before detonating.
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- n. (nautical) a marine mine that is detonated by a mechanism that responds to magnetic material (as the steel hull of a ship)
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Our fuse is very different from the fuse in a magnetic mine but it’s a kind of second cousin in that it’s designed to explode a shell in the aeroplane’s magnetic field.