Stopes

[ stohps ]
/ stoʊps /
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noun

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

stope

[ stohp ]
/ stoʊp /

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.

Origin of stope

1740–50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2

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British Dictionary definitions for stopes

Stopes

/ (stəʊps) /

noun

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

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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Word Origin and History for stopes

stope

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for stopes

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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