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 Council approved a contract with RingCentral Inc. for up to approximately $203,000 for new phone systems and funds to buy a new backhoe from Doggett Heavy Machinery Services LLC for up to approximately $78,000. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire permit approved for Take 5 Oil Change," 21 Aug. 2019 Workers used a backhoe loader Friday morning to tow the Jeep away, video posted by Myrtle Beach police shows. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "The Jeep that went viral: Owner explains why it was on the beach," 6 Sep. 2019 Workers used a backhoe loader Friday morning to tow the Jeep away, video posted by Myrtle Beach police shows. David Williams, CNN, "Owner of the Jeep abandoned in the surf on Myrtle Beach during Hurricane Dorian explains how it got there," 6 Sep. 2019 The divestiture follows the 2017 disposals of its backhoe loader and dumper business to Mecalac and the material-handling and ports division to Konecranes Oyj. Washington Post, "GE Nuggets to Chew on From Its Annual Report," 3 Mar. 2019 Our dig site was on the side of a cliff so a backhoe was brought in to build a dirt road for moving the blocks up the slope to a truck for transport back to the university. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 Road hazard, Cedar and County Line roads A caller reported coming up on a backhoe and a large piece of culvert in the middle of the roadway just south of Cedar on the evening of June 3. Thomas Jewell,, "Search party brings him back alive after LaureLive concert: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 14 June 2019 The size of the tree determines the tools needed to remove the tree; chainsaws, backhoes and other heavy equipment are used to break the tree down into smaller pieces — to haul it away, McConnell explained. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Mesa crews work to clean downed trees after Tuesday's monsoon storm," 31 July 2019 Reznick even raised money for new tires on the village backhoe, used to plow snow., "This top cop ripped apart a Michigan town," 17 July 2019

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of backhoe

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

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