: 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, 19 July 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1747, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stope was in 1747

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“Stope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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