from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An excavation in the form of steps made by the mining of ore from steeply inclined or vertical veins.
- transitive v. To remove (ore) from or mine by means of a stope.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mining excavation in the form of a terrace of steps.
- v. To excavate in the form of stopes.
- v. To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A horizontal working forming one of a series, the working faces of which present the appearance of a flight of steps.
- transitive v. To excavate in the form of stopes.
- transitive v. To fill in with rubbish, as a space from which the ore has been worked out.
- Stepped; gone; advanced.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An excavation made in a mine to remove the ore which has been rendered accessible by the shafts and drifts.
- In mining, to remove the contents of a vein.
- n. An obsolete form of stoop.
- n. Middle English forms of stapen, past participle of step.
Perhaps from Low German, step, from Middle Low German stōpe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently related to step, but with uncertain phonological development. Perhaps from a German Low German word like Stoop ("step"), from Middle Low German stōpe ("step"). More at stoop. (Wiktionary)