3. Meaning of 'mine'.

In a document or statute 'mine' takes its meaning from the other words used in the document or statute, and from its factual context1. The word 'mine' is not a definite term, but is susceptible of limitation or expansion according to the intention with which it is used2. 'Mine' originally meant an underground excavation made for the purpose of getting minerals3, but in particular contexts the word has been given differing meanings. Thus it has been interpreted so as to include a place where minerals commonly worked underground are in the particular case being worked on the surface, as

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