backhoe

noun
back·hoe | \ˈbak-ˌhō \

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

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The 110-year-old company now uses its backhoe to dig graves in the tiny town of Hay and LaCrosse. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Rural telecom companies go beyond offering telephone and broadband," 24 June 2018 A few weeks ago a backhoe moved into a corner lot in Seattle’s Central Area and, in the space of a few days, wiped away the quaint, 118-year-old wood-frame building that stood there. Danny Westneat, The Seattle Times, "What if a historic church is torn down, but nobody notices?," 20 Apr. 2018 On busy beaches a backhoe may be brought in to bury them. National Geographic, "This Man Has Helped Give 460 Dead Whales a Second Life—As Art," 9 Apr. 2018 If the backhoe control just followed your hand movement, anybody could do it. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Real Hoverboard Set the Guinness Distance Record," 2 May 2016 Created with a backhoe by the mountains’ owner Adrian Brochu, the ramps fulfill his wish to share stunning views with everyone, Brochu, 71, toiled countless hours — moving rocks and shaping the earth — to build the ramps. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "A new Nantucket hotel, Cayman Islands refunds, and other tidbits," 26 June 2018 Jim Nelson and Mike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Most days, Chad Schuster runs a backhoe and leads a crew for the Milwaukee Water Works. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fire hydrants custom painted by city worker coming to Milwaukee Bucks arena district," 25 June 2018 Using shovels and backhoes, emergency workers dug through the debris and mud, perilous labor on smoldering terrain still hot enough to melt shoe soles a day after the volcano exploded in a hail of ash, smoke and molten rock. Sonia Perez D., Fox News, "Only a few of Guatemala volcano's dead have been identified," 5 June 2018 Using shovels and backhoes, emergency workers dug through the debris and mud, perilous labor on smoldering terrain still hot enough to melt shoe soles a day after the volcano exploded in a hail of ash, smoke and molten rock. Sonia Perez D., The Seattle Times, "Guatemala volcano death toll up to 69, expected to rise," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of backhoe

1928, in the meaning defined above

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backhoe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of backhoe

: a large machine that digs into the ground with a metal scoop

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