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stope

[stohp]
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.
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verb (used with or without object), stoped, stop·ing.
  1. to mine or work by stopes.
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Origin of stope

1740–50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2
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Examples from the Web for stope

Historical Examples of stope

  • And we can't 'it the vein without following the drift to the stope.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • For a man moved, silent and furtive, in the tunnel between me and the stope!

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

    Susan Carleton Jones

  • So we kind of retired and let the men cork you into Thompson's stope to die.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

    Susan Carleton Jones

  • Get through into that stope with your fuse, man; I'll hand you the blasting stuff.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery

    Susan Carleton Jones

  • Drills and hammers would be buried in the stope, or thrown over the dump.

    Blue Goose

    Frank Lewis Nason


British Dictionary definitions for stope

stope

noun
  1. a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
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verb
  1. to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
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Word Origin for stope

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

v.

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

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