Meaning of stope

stope

Pronunciation: (stōp), [key]
— n., v., stoped, stop•ing.
—n.
  1. any excavation made in a mine, esp. from a steeply inclined vein, to remove the ore that has been rendered accessible by the shafts and drifts.
—v.i., v.t.
  1. to mine or work by stopes.
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