Marie Carmichael,1880–1958, English scientist and birth control advocate.
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
apparently < Low German stope;
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Historical Examples of stopes
Mrs. Stopes herself discovered the documents which disprove her theory.
That is Dr. Stopes, the learned geologist, said the hostess, and the Yokohama matron collapsed.
The kilns are double, each possessing two floors, and worked upon the Stopes' system.
Dr. Stopes has attempted to meet the need of such seekers, and her book will certainly be warmly welcomed by them.
Dr. Stopes makes some very important biological suggestions which should not be lightly dismissed.
British Dictionary definitions for stopes
Marie Carmichael. 1880–1958, English pioneer of birth control, who established the first birth-control clinic in Britain (1921)
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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Word Origin and History for stopes
1778, "to cut in stopes" (1747), apparently cognate with step (n.). Related: Stoped.
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[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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