stope

noun
\ ˈstōp How to pronounce stope (audio) \

Definition of stope

: a usually steplike excavation underground for the removal of ore that is formed as the ore is mined in successive layers

Examples of stope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s often the most unstable part of the stope, and generally higher on the mountain. National Geographic, 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of stope

1747, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stope

probably from Low German stope, literally, step; akin to Old English stæpe step — more at step

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“Stope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stope. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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