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stope

[stohp] /stoʊp/
noun
1.
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.
2.
to mine or work by stopes.
Origin of stope
1740-1750
1740-50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2
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  • She stoped immediately and turned around and went on down the River.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • I stoped the Canoes and brought in the flesh which was fat and fine.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • You helped pack the mud to build the butte and stoped out the guest chamber down in hell!

    Shadow Mountain Dane Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for stoped

stope

/stəʊp/
noun
1.
a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
verb
2.
to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
Word Origin
C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop²
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Word Origin and History for stoped

stope

v.

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

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