Definition of Excavation

1. Noun. The act of digging. "There's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"

Exact synonyms: Dig, Digging
Generic synonyms: Creating By Removal
Derivative terms: Dig, Dig, Dig, Dig, Excavate, Excavate

2. Noun. The site of an archeological exploration. "They set up camp next to the dig"
Exact synonyms: Archeological Site, Dig
Category relationships: Archaeology, Archeology
Generic synonyms: Land Site, Site
Specialized synonyms: Byblos
Derivative terms: Dig, Dig, Dig, Excavate, Excavate

3. Noun. A hole in the ground made by excavating.

4. Noun. The act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth.
Exact synonyms: Mining
Generic synonyms: Production
Specialized synonyms: Placer Mining, Opencast Mining, Strip Mining
Examples of category: Bore, Bore-hole, Drill Hole, Drift, Gallery, Heading, Fathom, Fthm, Rag, Hush, Hush, Mine, Strip Mine, Surface Mine, Surface-mine, Drive, Extract, Opencast, Opencut
Derivative terms: Excavate, Mine

Definition of Excavation

1. n. The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.

Definition of Excavation

1. Noun. The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass. ¹

2. Noun. A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping. ¹

3. Noun. An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel. ¹

4. Noun. The material dug out in making a channel or cavity. ¹

5. Noun. Archaeological research that unearths buildings, tombs and objects of historical value. ¹

6. Noun. A site where an archaeological exploration is being carried out. ¹

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Definition of Excavation

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Excavation

1. 1. A natural cavity, pouch, or recess. Synonym: excavatio. 2. A cavity formed artificially or as the result of a pathologic process. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Excavation

excavatio disci
excavatio papillae
excavatio rectouterina
excavatio rectovesicalis
excavatio vesicouterina
excavation (current term)
excavation of optic disc
excavation unit
excavation units

Literary usage of Excavation

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Industrial Arts Index by H.W. Wilson Company (1914)
"Ry & Eng excavation H 53:265 Mr 22 43 Erdman act amended; strike probably ... Ry & Eng R 53:190-1 Mr 1 '13 Hydraulic excavation on Panama canal slides. ..."

2. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society by American Philosophical Society (1771)
"Our starring point with the surface collection and Bell's with the excavation collection was a split into "artifacts" and "debris. ..."

3. A Manual of the Principles and Practice of Road-making: Comprising the by William Mitchell Gillespie (1872)
"When the quantity of excavation on any given portion of the road exceeds that of the ... When the excavation is insufficient to make the em bankment, ..."

4. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"In country places or in open ground, the sides of the excavation may be made with a certain slope ... These extend from side to side of a narrow excavation. ..."

5. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"Whether the excavation could, with a due regard to the rights of passengers ... One who makes an excavation ao near an ancient highway that there is danger ..."

6. The Improvement of Rivers: A Treatise on the Methods Employed for Improving by Benjamin Franklin Thomas, Thomas & Watt, David Alexander Watt (1903)
"The deposit or earth excavation which may be removed by the contractor in tearing out the coffer-dam will not be estimated for payment. ..."

7. Irrigation Engineering by Arthur Powell Davis, Herbert Michael Wilson (1919)
"The excavation for the tunnel portals will cover all excavation required for the ... The excavation for the cofferdams will consist of excavating the river ..."

8. The Engineering Index Annual for by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1909)
"excavation CONSTRUCTION States the purpose of such estimates and their value ... Methods and Cost of Earth and Rock excavation with a Steam Shovel and the ..."

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