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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.]
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(Mining & Quarrying) a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
(Mining & Quarrying) to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
[C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop2]
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n., v. stoped, stop•ing. n.
1. an excavation made in a mine, esp. from a steeply inclined vein, to remove the ore that has been rendered accessible by the shafts and drifts.v.i., v.t.
2. to mine by stopes.
[1740–50; appar. < Low German stope; see stoop2]
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Past participle: stoped
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