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shortwall

[shawrt-wawl] /ˈʃɔrtˌwɔl/
adjective, Mining.
1.
pertaining to a means of extracting coal when the working face is about a third the length of the longwall system and mining is done by a continuous cutter rather than by longwall machinery.
Origin of shortwall
1910-1915
First recorded in 1910-15; short + wall
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