Definition of stope in English:

stope

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Pronunciation: /stəʊp
 
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noun

(usually stopes)
  • A step-like working in a mine: they haul the rock out of the stopes using buckets driven by small motorized winches
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    • 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).
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 18th century: apparently related to the noun step.

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