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NOUN (4)

1. the act of digging;
- Example: "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
[syn: excavation, digging, dig]

2. the site of an archeological exploration;
- Example: "they set up camp next to the dig"
[syn: dig, excavation, archeological site]

3. a hole in the ground made by excavating;

4. the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth;
[syn: mining, excavation]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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