stope

stope

[stohp]
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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stope (stəʊp)
 
n
1.  a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
 
vb
2.  to mine (ore, etc) by cutting stopes
 
[C18: probably from Low German stope; see stoop²]

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