a steplike excavation formed by the removal of ore from around a mine shaft
Origin of stope; from Middle Low German st?pe, akin to step
, stoped, stop′ing
to mine in stopes
An excavation in the form of steps made by the mining of ore from steeply inclined or vertical veins.
transitive verbstoped, 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 st&omacron;pe.
(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.