- A steplike part of a mine where minerals are being extracted.More example sentences
- By this time the mine had three shafts, many large stopes and hundreds of metres of drives.
- For the next ten years it was leased to tributors who worked the old stopes of the conglomerate lode above the adit level.
- We explored the areas that were not being mined, including miles of old abandoned drifts and stopes.
verb[no object] (usually as noun stoping) Back to top
- 1(In mining) excavate a series of steps or layers in (the ground or rock).More example sentences
- They financed the shaft and the equipment and they were away, sinking, drifting, and stoping, all at the same time, just as Rick laid it out.
- Once more Aclare was alive with the sounds from tunneling, stoping, dressing, sorting, bagging, and the loading of ore from the mine.
- Underground stoping, and work on the smelters had also been very costly.
- 1.1 (as noun stoping) Geology The process by which country rock is broken up and removed by the upward movement of magma.More example sentences
- Emplacement was accompanied by local dilation to form contact parallel, NNW- and WNW-trending dykes and by stoping of contacts.
- The intrusions are passively emplaced into the surrounding host by stoping and assimilation.
- In summary, magmas do not have to rise in the crust by slow, density-driven diapiric processes, or stoping processes where the magma detaches and absorbs blocks of surrounding rock.
mid 18th century: apparently related to the noun step.
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