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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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a drill used in mininga person who extracts ore from a mine by way of a stope
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Westaway was the name of the founder of the business, but it is really managed by Miss Stoper. She sits in her own little office, and the ladies who are seeking employment wait in an anteroom, and are then shown in one by one, when she consults her ledgers and sees whether she has anything which would suit them.
"Well, when I called last week I was shown into the little office as usual, but I found that Miss Stoper was not alone.
In that case, Miss Stoper, I had best inspect a few more of your young ladies.'
"'DEAR MISS HUNTER:--Miss Stoper has very kindly given me your address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have reconsidered your decision.
En particular importa la dimension cultural de las ciudades ante la notable convergencia entre el ambito economico y cultural, denominada en la literatura especializada como "nueva economia" o "economia cultural" (Amin & Thrift, 2007; Stoper & Scott, 2009).
At present, youngster Jordan Pickford has been named on the bench as cover for former Arsenal stoper
Steph Stoper, a 21-year-old student from County Durham, said: "I don't use my satnav because the last two times I have used it it has not had a clue where I wanted to go."
John Stoper, technical professional development coordinator for the small private school, started a professional development blog in 2004.
Mumtaz Isingor (Sculptor--Turkey), Svetlana Hotic (Macedonia), Winald Stoper, Husamettin Kocan, Prof.