Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • noun UK, dialect A framework of timber covered with boards to support rubbish or to protect miners from falling stones.

Etymologies

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

[Probably from German Stollen, from Middle High German stolle, prop, support, from Old High German stollo; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

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Compare stum.

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