stope definition by Webster's New World
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a steplike excavation formed by the removal of ore from around a mine shaft
Origin: ; from Middle Low German stōpe, akin to step
stope definition by American Heritage Dictionary
An excavation in the form of steps made by the mining of ore from steeply inclined or vertical veins.transitive verb stoped stoped, stop·ing, stopes
To remove (ore) from or mine by means of a stope.
Origin: Perhaps from Low German, step, from Middle Low German stōpe.
- stopˈer noun