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An excavation in the form of steps made by the mining of ore from steeply inclined or vertical veins.
tr.v. stoped, stop·ing, stopes
To remove (ore) from or mine by means of a stope.

[Perhaps from Low German, step, from Middle Low German stōpe.]

stop′er n.
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(Geological Science) geology the process by which country rock is broken up and engulfed by the upward movement of magma. Also called: magmatic stoping
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