[syn: excavate, dig, hollow]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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
3. (Engin.) To dig out and remove, as earth.
The material excavated was usually sand. --E. L.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: recover through digging; "Schliemann excavated Troy";
"excavate gold" [syn: excavate, unearth]
2: find by digging in the ground; "I dug up an old box in the
garden" [syn: excavate, dig up, turn up]
3: form by hollowing; "Carnegie had a lake excavated for
Princeton University's rowing team"; "excavate a cavity"
4: remove the inner part or the core of; "the mining company
wants to excavate the hillside" [syn: excavate, dig,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
84 Moby Thesaurus words for "excavate":
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, drill, drive, eradicate, evolve, evulse, excise,
exhume, expose, exsect, extract, extricate, ferret out, fish up,
furrow, get out, gouge, gouge out, groove, grub, grub up,
hollow out, lay bare, lower, mine, pick out, pluck out, pluck up,
pull, pull out, pull up, quarry, rake out, remove, reveal, rip out,
root out, root up, sap, scoop, scoop out, scrabble, scrape,
scratch, shovel, sink, spade, take out, tear out, trench, trough,
tunnel, turn up, uncover, unearth, unravel, uproot, weed out,
withdraw, worm out, wrest out