back·​hoe | \ ˈbak-ˌhō How to pronounce backhoe (audio) \

Definition of backhoe

: an excavating machine having a bucket that is attached to a rigid bar hinged to a boom and that is drawn toward the machine in operation

Examples of backhoe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Public works crews have used a backhoe to dig a trench so fireboats can get in, Giuliani said. Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 When the deadline arrived, a backhoe plowed into the earth, pulling up the bones and dirt, and Mouer watched in disbelief. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2022 Days after the project began, visitors to the site noticed tire tracks and a backhoe parked near some of the footprints and notified BLM, which halted construction. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 An important crocodile slide — where a prehistoric crocodile dragged its body through mud — appeared to have been repeatedly driven over by a backhoe and other vehicles causing fracturing. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Apr. 2022 The city cemetery is at the center of battles with Russian forces, so the dead are buried in an old cemetery in a forest, in trenches dug by a backhoe. James Marson, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 That means that, instead of using an excavator and backhoe to crush an old building, anyone scrapping an older structure in the city must hire a deconstruction crew, which takes it apart delicately—almost surgically—by hand. Aarian Marshall, Wired, 22 Feb. 2022 And the developers had been allowed to take ownership of the street between Champlain Towers South and Eighty Seven Park, which is how the backhoe that Chouela spotted got so close to the former building. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 The man in the backhoe, Joshua Gonzalez, a 20-year-old from Melville, was killed, according to the release. Caroll Alvarado, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of backhoe

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Backhoe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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