American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An excavation in the form of steps made by the mining of ore from steeply inclined or vertical veins.
- v. To remove (ore) from or mine by means of a stope.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An excavation made in a mine to remove the ore which has been rendered accessible by the shafts and drifts. These are, to a certain extent, permanent constructions, being carefully supported by the necessary timbering and left open for passage, while the stopes are only supported so far as may be necessary for the safety of the mine, and are more or less completely filled up with the attle or refuse rock left behind after the ore has been picked out and sent to the surface.
- In mining, to remove the contents of a vein. The stoping is done after a vein or lode has been laid open by means of the necessary shafts and drifts. See
- n. An obsolete form of stoop.
- n. Middle English forms of stapen, past participle of step.
- n. A mining excavation in the form of terrace of steps.
- v. mining To excavate in the form of stopes.
- v. mining To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.
GNU Webster's 1913
- Apparently related to step, but with uncertain phonological development. Perhaps from a German Low German word like Stoop ("step"), from Middle Low German stōpe ("step"). More at stoop. (Wiktionary)
- Perhaps from Low German, step, from Middle Low German stōpe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Leahy should stope lecturing on racial politics to amke his poltical point.”
“For a # of years I used Rems Extended Range l68 grs, but they stope making them and went to the Sciroccos.”
“People need to grow up and stope seeing what they can sue people over.”
““A drawpoint is a horizontal plan located at the base of a stope that is generally the link between the stope and the haulage drift allowing recuperation of the broken ore.” trackback”
“Kamel Labiad 1 month ago wow great work was that stope motion?”
“The best pratice you can use is a 22 or a BB gun try all positions then when you think you got a tuch for how to stope teh game, switch to the hutgig gun you gonna use with cheapo ammo.”
“And yan, if it wes his mynd and will yat he should be disponit vpoun, ye said deaconis and craftismen sould convey him yaire; quha answerit, yat yai culd na way stope ye executioun of justice.”
“They discovered an unknown underground mine working - tunnel, raise, or stope - and that was not what we were hoping to discover an ore deposit is more like what we were looking for.”
“Start in Downtown Durham, string the thing it down the median of 147 and I-40, veer off for a stope at the airport and then on to Raleigh.”
“The police drove the workers up - according to The Star - "stope by stope, level by level" to the surface.”
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