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

  • n. An excavation in the form of steps made by the mining of ore from steeply inclined or vertical veins.
  • transitive v. To remove (ore) from or mine by means of a stope.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mining excavation in the form of a terrace of steps.
  • v. To excavate in the form of stopes.
  • v. To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A horizontal working forming one of a series, the working faces of which present the appearance of a flight of steps.
  • Stepped; gone; advanced.
  • transitive v. To excavate in the form of stopes.
  • transitive v. To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In mining, to remove the contents of a vein.
  • n. An excavation made in a mine to remove the ore which has been rendered accessible by the shafts and drifts.
  • n. An obsolete form of stoop.
  • n. Middle English forms of stapen, past participle of step.


Perhaps from Low German, step, from Middle Low German stōpe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • I was examining stopes just the other day. A stope is better defined as the area (off the main shaft) from which ore-bearing rock is extracted.

    March 10, 2008

  • Steps or shelves left around a mining site after the removal of ore-bearing dirt.

    March 10, 2008