excavate

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 excavate — [eks′kə vāt΄] vt. excavated, excavating [< L excavatus, pp. of excavare < ex , out + cavare, to make hollow < cavus, hollow: see CAVE] 1. to make a hole or cavity in, as by digging; hollow out 2. to form by hollowing out; dig [to… …

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  • 3 excavate — index disinter, extract Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 excavate — 1590s, from L. excavatus, pp. of excavare to hollow out, from ex out (see EX (Cf. ex )) + cavare to hollow, hollow out, from cavus cave (see CAVE (Cf. cave)). Related: Excavated; excavating …

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  • 5 excavate — *dig, delve, spade, grub …

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  • 6 excavate — [v] dig up burrow, cut, delve, empty, gouge, grub, hollow, mine, quarry, scoop, scrape, shovel, spade, trench, tunnel, uncover, unearth; concept 178 Ant. fill …

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  • 7 excavate — ► VERB 1) make (a hole or channel) by digging. 2) extract (material) from the ground by digging. 3) carefully remove earth from (an area) in order to find buried remains. DERIVATIVES excavation noun excavator noun. ORIGIN Latin excavare hollow… …

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  • 8 Excavate — This article is about the protist group. For the process of digging, see Excavation (disambiguation). Excavates Giardia lamblia, a parasitic diplomonad Scientific classification …

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  • 9 excavate — [[t]e̱kskəveɪt[/t]] excavates, excavating, excavated 1) VERB When archaeologists or other people excavate a piece of land, they remove earth carefully from it and look for things such as pots, bones, or buildings which are buried there, in order… …

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  • 10 excavate — verb ADVERB ▪ completely, fully ▪ The area has not yet been fully excavated. ▪ extensively ▪ partially, partly ▪ …

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  • 11 excavate — UK [ˈekskəveɪt] / US [ˈekskəˌveɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms excavate : present tense I/you/we/they excavate he/she/it excavates present participle excavating past tense excavated past participle excavated a) to dig in the ground… …

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  • 12 excavate — verb ( vated; vating) Etymology: Latin excavatus, past participle of excavare, from ex + cavare to make hollow more at cavatina Date: 1599 transitive verb 1. to form a cavity or hole in 2. to form by hollowing out 3. to dig out and remove 4 …

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  • 13 excavate — /eks keuh vayt /, v.t., excavated, excavating. 1. to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging: The ground was excavated for a foundation. 2. to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing… …

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  • 14 excavate — ex·ca·vate ek skə .vāt vb, vat·ed; vat·ing vt to form a cavity or hole in <an excavated wisdom tooth> vi to make excavations or become hollowed out <an area of infarction in soft tissue often tends to excavate> …

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  • 15 excavate — /ˈɛkskəveɪt / (say ekskuhvayt) verb (t) (excavated, excavating) 1. to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging. 2. to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material. 3. to dig or scoop… …

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  • 16 excavate — verb a) To make a hole in (something); to hollow. b) To remove part of (something) by scooping or digging it out. See Also: excavation, excavator …

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  • 17 excavate — (Order Isopoda): Hollowed out [Kensley and Schotte, 1989] …

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  • 18 excavate — Synonyms and related words: avulse, bore, bring to light, bring up, burrow, clear, countersink, cut out, deepen, delve, depress, deracinate, dig, dig out, dig up, dike, disclose, disentangle, disinter, dive, draw, draw out, dredge, dredge up,… …

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  • 19 excavate — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. dig, hollow out, shovel, unearth; see dig 1 , 2 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. dig out, hollow out, unearth, burrow, dredge, scoop, tunnel, backhoe, channel, hoe, shovel out. III (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb 1. To break …

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  • 20 excavate — ex|ca|vate [ˈekskəveıt] v [I and T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of excavare, from cavus hollow ] 1.) if a scientist or archaeologist excavates an area of land, they dig carefully to find ancient objects, bones etc ▪… …

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