- any excavation made in a mine, especially from a steeply inclined vein, to remove the ore that has been rendered accessible by the shafts and drifts.
- to mine or work by stopes.
Origin of stope
1740–50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2
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Examples from the Web for stope
And we can't 'it the vein without following the drift to the stope.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
For a man moved, silent and furtive, in the tunnel between me and the stope!
So we kind of retired and let the men cork you into Thompson's stope to die.
Get through into that stope with your fuse, man; I'll hand you the blasting stuff.
Drills and hammers would be buried in the stope, or thrown over the dump.Blue Goose
Frank Lewis Nason
- a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
- to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop ²
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Word Origin and History for stope
1778, "to cut in stopes" (1747), apparently cognate with step (n.). Related: Stoped.
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