An excavation in the form of steps made by the mining of ore from steeply inclined or vertical veins.
transitive verbstoped stoped, stop·ing, stopes
To remove (ore) from or mine by means of a stope.
Origin of stopePerhaps from Low German, step, from Middle Low German stōpe.
(third-person singular simple present stopes, present participle stoping, simple past and past participle stoped)
- (mining) To excavate in the form of stopes.
- (mining) To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.