\ 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

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s often the most unstable part of the stope, and generally higher on the mountain. National Geographic, "Avalanches, explained," 19 July 2019 Superintending a mine required knowing how to bore, sink, stope, and ventilate underground workings, pump water, and hoist ore. Gregory Crouch, Time, "Mark Twain Claimed He Got His Pen Name From a Riverboat Captain. He May Have Actually Gotten It in a Saloon," 19 June 2018 Carter’s tour continues into July, with stopes in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Kansas City, Missouri. Dave Quinn,, "Aaron Carter Hospitalized Amid ‘Hate Messages and Death Threats’ About His Weight: ‘I Need to Stay Strong’," 24 June 2017

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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