Origin of stope; from Middle Low German st?pe, akin to step
transitive verbstoped, stop·ing, stopes
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.