Definitions for: Excavation


[n] the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
[n] the act of digging; "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
[n] a hole in the ground made by excavating
[n] the site of an archeological exploration; "they set up camp next to the dig"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex`ca*va"tion, n. [L. excavatio: cf. F.
excavation.]
1. The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting,
scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.

2. A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping. ``A
winding excavation.'' --Glover.

3. (Engin.)
(a) An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from
a covered cutting or tunnel.
(b) The material dug out in making a channel or cavity.

The delivery of the excavations at a distance of
250 feet. --E. L.
Corthell.

Synonyms: dig, dig, digging, hole in the ground, mining

See Also: artefact, artifact, bore, bore-hole, cellar, creating by removal, delf, ditch, drill hole, land site, mine, mineshaft, opencast mining, pit, placer mining, pool, production, quarry, root cellar, site, stone pit, strip mining, well, working, workings

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