Stemple

• (n.) A crossbar of wood in a shaft, serving as a step.
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Stemple

Stem'ple noun [ German stempel a stamp, a prop, akin to English stamp .] (Mining) A crossbar of wood in a shaft, serving as a step.
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Stemple

In mining, a stemple is a wooden cross-bar in a mine shaft serving both to prevent the earth from the sides of the shaft from falling in, and frequently formerly used as a ladder by the miners for climbing in and out of the shaft.
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stemple

stemple, stempel 1. A crossbar of wood in a shaft, cross timber, serving as a step. 2. Etymology: from German Stempel, 'a stamp, a prop'; literally, 'an instrument for stamping'. This term is not related to the words listed in this 'sanctuary, temple' unit. It is presented to clarify the term for anyone who might think it comes from the same Lati...
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