from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In mining, the removal of the desired ore from an underground mine leaving behind an open space known as a stope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of excavating in the form of stopes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mining, the act of excavating mineral ground to remove the ore after this has been rendered accessible by the necessary preliminary exeavations—namely, sinking one or more shafts or winzes and running drifts.
  • n. A method by which intrusive igneous masses are supposed to make a way for themselves by breaking off blocks of the overlying rock and passing them downward and backward until wholly or partially absorbed. See the extract.


Sorry, no etymologies found.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.