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  1. Marie Carmichael,1880–1958, English scientist and birth control advocate.


  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, stop·ing.
  1. 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 stopes

Historical Examples

  • Mrs. Stopes herself discovered the documents which disprove her theory.

    Shakespeare, Bacon and the Great Unknown

    Andrew Lang

  • That is Dr. Stopes, the learned geologist, said the hostess, and the Yokohama matron collapsed.

    A Journal from Japan

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • The kilns are double, each possessing two floors, and worked upon the Stopes' system.

  • Dr. Stopes has attempted to meet the need of such seekers, and her book will certainly be warmly welcomed by them.

    Married Love

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

  • Dr. Stopes makes some very important biological suggestions which should not be lightly dismissed.

    Married Love

    Marie Carmichael Stopes

British Dictionary definitions for stopes


  1. Marie Carmichael. 1880–1958, English pioneer of birth control, who established the first birth-control clinic in Britain (1921)


  1. a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
  1. to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes

Word Origin

C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop ²
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Word Origin and History for stopes



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stopes in Medicine


  1. British social reformer who opened England's first birth control clinic (1924) in London and later promoted family planning in east Asia.
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