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stoping

[stoh-ping] /ˈstoʊ pɪŋ/
noun, Geology
1.
a process by which magmas move upward in the earth by breaking off and engulfing blocks of overlying rocks.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; stope + -ing1

stope

[stohp] /stoʊp/
noun
1.
any excavation made in a mine, especially from a steeply inclined vein, to remove the ore that has been rendered accessible by the shafts and drifts.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), stoped, stoping.
2.
to mine or work by stopes.
Origin
1740-50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2
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British Dictionary definitions for stoping

stoping

/ˈstəʊpɪŋ/
noun
1.
(geology) the process by which country rock is broken up and engulfed by the upward movement of magma Also called magmatic stoping See also stope

stope

/stəʊp/
noun
1.
a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
verb
2.
to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
Word Origin
C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop²
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Word Origin and History for stoping

stope

v.

1778, "to cut in stopes" (1747), apparently cognate with step (n.). Related: Stoped.

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Encyclopedia Article for stoping

in mining engineering, the opening of large underground rooms, or stopes, by the excavation of ore. Stoping is practiced in underground mineral mining when the surrounding rock is strong enough to permit the drilling, blasting, and removal of ore without caving. In mines where the rock requires no artificial support, the operation is known as open stoping. A common open-stoping method is room-and-pillar mining, in which pillars of ore are left standing to support the rock over a flat-lying ore body.

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