[ stohp ]
/ stoʊp /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stoped

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

    Shadow Mountain|Dane Coolidge

British Dictionary definitions for stoped

/ (stəʊp) /


a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore


to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes

Word Origin for stope

C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop ²
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