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.
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How to use stope in a sentence
Then there was silence—for Harry had left the fissure to go into the stope and make an investigation.The Cross-Cut | Courtney Ryley Cooper
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.
And I trusted Macartney, or any man he had left in the ink-dark stope, would be fool enough to jump at me for what I said.
But stealing gold was exactly what we were doing, only it wasn't in Thompson's old stope.
Collins pushed it aside, and the two of us were out—out of Thompson's stope, where Macartney had meant me to lie till I died!
British Dictionary definitions for stope
a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
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