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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supporting timber or other prop in a mine.
  • n. A platform braced against the sides of a working area in a mine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A framework of timber covered with boards to support rubbish or to protect miners from falling stones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A framework of timber covered with boards to support rubbish; also, a framework of boards to protect miners from falling stones.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, a heavy timber secured in an excavation, and especially in the stopes.
  • n. A luncheon; also, a large piece of bread, cheese, or other eatable.

Etymologies

Probably from German Stollen, from Middle High German stolle, prop, support, from Old High German stollo.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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