Excavation
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. [1913 Webster]

2. A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping. ``A winding excavation.'' --Glover. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The delivery of the excavations at a distance of 250 feet. --E. L. Corthell. [1913 Webster]


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  • excavation — [ ɛkskavasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • 1566; lat. excavatio → excaver 1 ♦ Rare Action de creuser dans le sol. Procéder à l excavation d un puits. 2 ♦ Cour. Creux dans un terrain. ⇒ cavité. Excavation naturelle. ⇒ caverne, creux, crevasse, 2. faille, grotte.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Excavation — (v. lat.) Aushöhlung …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Excavation — Excavation, lat. dtsch., Aushöhlung …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • excavation — index evulsion Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • excavation — 1610s, action of excavating, from L. excavationem (nom. excavatio) a hollowing out, noun of action from pp. stem of excavare (see EXCAVATE (Cf. excavate)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • excavation — [n] site of digging; digging blasting, burrow, cavity, cut, cutting, dig, disinterring, ditch, dugout, exhuming, hole, hollow, mine, mining, pit, quarry, removal, scooping, shaft, shoveling, trench, trough, unearthing; concepts 178,509,513 Ant.… …   New thesaurus

  • excavation — [eks΄kə vā′shən] n. [L excavatio] 1. an excavating or being excavated 2. a hole or hollow made by excavating 3. something unearthed by excavating SYN. HOLE …   English World dictionary

  • excavation — excavational, adj. /eks keuh vay sheuhn/, n. 1. a hole or cavity made by excavating. 2. the act of excavating. 3. an area in which excavating has been done or is in progress, as an archaeological site. [1605 15; < L excavation (s. of excavatio) a …   Universalium

  • EXCAVATION — s. f. Action de creuser un terrain. L excavation des fondements de cet édifice a coûté beaucoup.   Il se dit aussi d Un creux fait dans un terrain, soit de main d homme, soit par quelque accident naturel. Cette excavation n est pas assez profonde …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • EXCAVATION — n. f. Action de creuser un terrain. L’excavation des fondements de cet édifice a coûté beaucoup. Il se dit aussi d’un Creux fait dans un terrain, soit de main d’homme ou par quelque instrument, soit par un accident naturel. La rivière, en… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

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