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stoping

[stoh-ping]
noun Geology.
  1. a process by which magmas move upward in the earth by breaking off and engulfing blocks of overlying rocks.
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Origin of stoping

First recorded in 1770–80; stope + -ing1

stope

[stohp]
noun
  1. 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.
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verb (used with or without object), stoped, stop·ing.
  1. to mine or work by stopes.
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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for stoping

stoping

noun
  1. geology the process by which country rock is broken up and engulfed by the upward movement of magmaAlso called: magmatic stoping See also stope
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stope

noun
  1. a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
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verb
  1. to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
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Word Origin

C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop ²
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Word Origin and History for stoping

stope

v.

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

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