earth·​mov·​er | \ ˈərth-ˌmü-vər How to pronounce earthmover (audio) \

Definition of earthmover

: a machine (such as a bulldozer) for excavating, pushing, or transporting large quantities of earth (as in roadbuilding)

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Other Words from earthmover

earthmoving \ ˈərth-​ˌmü-​viŋ How to pronounce earthmover (audio) \ noun or adjective

Examples of earthmover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ahmed said the graves had been dug by an earthmover, contrary to traditional practice in which they are dug by shovels and generally marked with marble gravestones. Shah Abbas, Star Tribune, "In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces," 7 Jan. 2021 Beyond the parking lot, a red, barren moonscape spreads out in three directions, and in the distance dozens of enormous trucks and earthmovers rumble about. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 The earthmovers arrived to begin construction during the last monsoon, accompanied by the police. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "How One Billionaire Could Keep Three Countries Hooked on Coal for Decades," 15 Aug. 2019 One day, the road to Barker Ranch was blocked by rocks moved by a large earthmover. Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times, "How Charles Manson cast his spell on homecoming queens, honor students and dropouts," 11 Aug. 2019 Noisy earthmovers aren’t the only liability encountered by adventuresome resort beta-testers. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Shopping for a Luxury Home? Now You Can Try Before You Buy," 2 Aug. 2018 The tomb was discovered in the Case Rosse area west of the center of Rome by an earthmover working to extend an aqueduct about 6 feet underground. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Construction Workers Find Rare Intact Roman Tomb," 13 June 2018 On a patch of high ground in Ukhali, earthmovers are crushing hills into more flat land, but aid groups say there is only enough new space to move about 20,000 refugees. Shashank Bengali,, "Rohingya Muslims who escaped the Myanmar army now brace for a threat they can't outrun: Rain," 30 May 2018 On the shores of the lake, earthmovers are clearing and grading lots. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Growth isn’t just booming in Charlotte: A new community is popping up across the river," 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of earthmover

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Earthmover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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