- a mine from which gold ore is obtained
- Informal a source of something very valuable or profitable
gold minegold mine
A rich or plentiful source of something desired.
(plural gold mines)
- A mine for gold ore or metal.
- South Africa has many goldmines.
- (idiomatic) A very profitable economic venture.
- This oil deposit is a regular gold mine. We make more and more money every year!
- (idiomatic) A plentiful stockpile of something sought after.
- The Smithsonian Institute is a goldmine of knowledge, but like most mines, you have to dig for the good stuff.
- In 18 951896 he examined part of the African coast of the Red Sea, finding there the ruins of a very ancient gold-mine and traces of what he considered Sabean influence.
- One of these, the Morro Velho mine, belonging to an English company, is not only the deepest gold-mine in existence (over 2000 ft.), but it has been worked since 1725, and since 1835 by its present owners.
- In1855-1856a disastrous commercial panic crippled the city; and in 1858, when at the height of the Fraser river gold-mine excitement it seemed as though Victoria, B.C., was to supplant San Francisco as the metropolis of the Pacific, realty values in the latter city dropped for a time fully a half in value.