Definitions for: Excavate


[v] remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company wants to excavate the hillsite"
[v] form by hollowing; "Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team"; "excavate a cavity"
[v] find by digging in the ground; "I dug up an old box in the garden"
[v] lay bare through digging; "Schliemann excavated Troy"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex"ca*vate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Excavated; p. pr. &
vb. n. Excavating.] [L. excavatus, p. p. of excavare to
excavate; ex out + cavare to make hollow, cavus hollow. See
Cave.]
1. To hollow out; to form cavity or hole in; to make hollow
by cutting, scooping, or digging; as, to excavate a ball;
to excavate the earth.

2. To form by hollowing; to shape, as a cavity, or anything
that is hollow; as, to excavate a canoe, a cellar, a
channel.

3. (Engin.) To dig out and remove, as earth.

The material excavated was usually sand. --E. L.
Corthell.

Excavating pump, a kind of dredging apparatus for
excavating under water, in which silt and loose material
mixed with water are drawn up by a pump. --Knight.

Synonyms: dig, dig up, hollow, turn up, unearth

See Also: bring out, core out, disinter, ditch, drive, exhume, grub out, grub up, hollow out, nuzzle, obtain, remove, reveal, take, take away, trench, uncover, unveil, withdraw

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