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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
1740-1750
1740-50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2
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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 stope
v.

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

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