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excavation


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Excavation  \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 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  excavation 
  n  1:  the  act  of  digging;  "there's  an  interesting  excavation  going 
  on  near  Princeton"  [syn:  {digging},  {dig}] 
  2:  the  site  of  an  archeological  exploration;  "they  set  up  camp 
  next  to  the  dig"  [syn:  {dig}] 
  3:  a  hole  made  by  excavating  [syn:  {hole  in  the  ground}] 
  4:  the  act  of  extracting  ores  or  coal  etc  from  the  earth  [syn: 
  {mining}] 




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