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excavate


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Excavate  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  excavate 
  v  1:  find  by  digging  in  the  ground;  "I  dug  up  an  old  box  in  the 
  garden";  "The  archaeologists  digging  up  the  battlefield 
  turned  up  a  lot  of  old  helmets"  [syn:  {dig  up},  {turn  up}] 
  2:  remove  the  inner  part  or  the  core  of  [syn:  {dig},  {hollow}] 




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