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[stohp] /stoʊp/
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.
verb (used with or without object), stoped, stoping.
to mine or work by stopes.
Origin of stope
1740-50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2 Unabridged
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  • The big Cornishman had crept to the edge of the fissure and had stared for a moment toward the cross-cut leading to the stope.

    The Cross-Cut Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • For a man moved, silent and furtive, in the tunnel between me and the stope!

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • Then he said to stope out my stove polish ore and sell it for enough to go on with the development.

    Remarks Bill Nye
  • So we kind of retired and let the men cork you into Thompson's stope to die.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • Stape or stope is the past participle of the strong verb stapen, to step, advance.

  • Get through into that stope with your fuse, man; I'll hand you the blasting stuff.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • He gave me a boost against the smooth wall of the stope, and my clawing fingers caught on the edge of a sharp shelf of stone.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • Drills and hammers would be buried in the stope, or thrown over the dump.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
  • For all we know he'll guess you must have got out of Thompson's stope somehow, and dig away his rock fence to see!

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • But there came a jolt and a jar, the cage settled upon the stope, and the journey was over.

    Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
British Dictionary definitions for stope


a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
Word Origin
C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stope

1778, "to cut in stopes" (1747), apparently cognate with step (n.). Related: Stoped.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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