- 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.
Origin of stope
Examples from the Web for stoped
Historical Examples of stoped
She stoped immediately and turned around and went on down the River.The Stronghold
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
You helped pack the mud to build the butte and stoped out the guest chamber down in hell!Shadow Mountain
- a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
- to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
Word Origin for stope
1778, "to cut in stopes" (1747), apparently cognate with step (n.). Related: Stoped.