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