stope

[ stohp ]
/ stoʊp /
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noun

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.

to mine or work by stopes.

Origin of stope

1740–50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2
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stope

/ (stəʊp) /

noun

a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore

verb

to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes

Word Origin for stope

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

stope


v.

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

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