[ stohps ]
/ stoʊps /


Marie Carmichael,1880–1958, English scientist and birth control advocate.

Definition for stopes (2 of 2)

[ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for stopes (1 of 2)

/ (stəʊps) /


Marie Carmichael. 1880–1958, English pioneer of birth control, who established the first birth-control clinic in Britain (1921)

British Dictionary definitions for stopes (2 of 2)

/ (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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Medicine definitions for stopes

[ stōps ]
Marie Carmichael 1880-1958

British social reformer who opened England's first birth control clinic (1924) in London and later promoted family planning in east Asia.
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