a process by which magmas move upward in the earth by breaking off and engulfing blocks of overlying rocks.
Origin of stoping
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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You can't do under'and stoping in a mine—go down on a vein, you know.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
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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1778, "to cut in stopes" (1747), apparently cognate with step (n.). Related: Stoped.
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