room-and-pillar

[ room-uh n-pil-er, roo m- ]
/ ˈrum ənˈpɪl ər, ˈrʊm- /

adjective Mining.

noting a means of extracting coal or other minerals from underground deposits by first cutting out rooms, then robbing the pillars between them; pillar-and-breast.

Nearby words

  1. room divider,
  2. room father,
  3. room mother,
  4. room service,
  5. room temperature,
  6. roomer,
  7. roomette,
  8. roomful,
  9. roomie,
  10. rooming house

Compare longwall.

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