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Pronunciation:  `eksku'veyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
  2. [n]  the act of digging; "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
  3. [n]  a hole in the ground made by excavating
  4. [n]  the site of an archeological exploration; "they set up camp next to the dig"

EXCAVATION is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: dig, dig, digging, hole in the ground, mining
 See Also: artefact, artifact, bore, bore-hole, cellar, creating by removal, delf, ditch, drill hole, land site, mine, mineshaft, opencast mining, pit, placer mining, pool, production, quarry, root cellar, site, stone pit, strip mining, well, working, workings



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex`ca*va"tion\, n. [L. excavatio: cf. F.
1. The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting,
   scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.

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

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.

             The delivery of the excavations at a distance of
             250 feet.                         --E. L.

 Definition: the principal method of data acquisition in archaeology, involving the systematic uncovering of archaeological remains through the removal of the deposits of soil and the other material covering them and accompanying them.
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