noun Geology.

a process by which magmas move upward in the earth by breaking off and engulfing blocks of overlying rocks.

Origin of stoping

First recorded in 1770–80; stope + -ing1




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

Examples from the Web for stoping

Historical Examples of stoping

  • You can't do under'and stoping in a mine—go down on a vein, you know.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for stoping



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



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 stoping



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

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