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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.

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Origin of stope

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

  • You helped pack the mud to build the butte and stoped out the guest chamber down in hell!

    Shadow Mountain|Dane Coolidge
  • I Stoped the Canoes and brought in the flesh which was fat and fine.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark|Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • She stoped immediately and turned around and went on down the River.

    The Stronghold|Miriam Haynie

British Dictionary definitions for stope

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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