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To excavate ore in a vein by driving horizontally upon it a series of workings, one immediately over the other, or vice versa; each horizontal working is called a stope because when a number of them are in progress, each working face under attack assumes the shape of a flight of stairs.
Any subterranean extraction of ore except that which is incidentally performed in sinking shafts or driving levels for the purpose of opening the mine.
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An excavation in the earth in a series of benches or tables.
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