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[stohps] /stoʊps/
Marie Carmichael, 1880–1958, English scientist and birth control advocate.


[stohp] /stoʊp/
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.
to mine or work by stopes.
Origin of stope
1740-50; apparently < Low German stope; see stoop2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Stopes
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  • It is on these days that we travel to our Castle of Stopes; as the crow flies, fifteen miles away.

  • Mrs. Stopes herself discovered the documents which disprove her theory.

  • Dr. Stopes is by calling a fossil botanist, and her scientific training gives restraint and substance to all her verse.

    Conquest Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • That is Dr. Stopes, the learned geologist, said the hostess, and the Yokohama matron collapsed.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • The kilns are double, each possessing two floors, and worked upon the Stopes' system.

  • Dr. Stopes has attempted to meet the need of such seekers, and her book will certainly be warmly welcomed by them.

    Married Love Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • Dr. Stopes makes some very important biological suggestions which should not be lightly dismissed.

    Married Love Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • Dr. Stopes has written a lucid and serviceable introduction on the N plays, which deserve the study of every student of the drama.

    Conquest Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • They have such fits that it Stopes theare wind, and puts me to such frits and feares that I am not myselfe.

British Dictionary definitions for Stopes


Marie Carmichael. 1880–1958, English pioneer of birth control, who established the first birth-control clinic in Britain (1921)


a steplike excavation made in a mine to extract ore
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 Stopes



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Stopes in Medicine

Stopes (stōps), Marie Carmichael. 1880-1958.

British social reformer who opened England's first birth control clinic (1924) in London and later promoted family planning in east Asia.

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