excavation

noun
ex·​ca·​va·​tion | \ ˌek-skə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce excavation (audio) \

Definition of excavation

1 : the action or process of excavating
2 : a cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping

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Other Words from excavation

excavational \ ˌek-​skə-​ˈvā-​shnəl How to pronounce excavational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of excavation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And during the test excavation, Stackelbeck said, the team discovered steps dug into the mass trench, and evidence that coffins may have been stacked on top of each other. Bethany Mollenkof, National Geographic, "Coffins unearthed as the search for victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre continues," 26 Oct. 2020 Archaeologists have found human remains during an excavation of what researchers suspect to be a mass grave site from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre at a city cemetery. NBC News, "Human remains found at suspected 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre mass grave site," 21 Oct. 2020 Workers have completed excavation work, put down gravel and are finishing the foundation, said Scott Kessler, CUC’s project manager said. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "Work on Fairfield's new service department underway," 14 Oct. 2020 Earlier this year, the excavation site was also visited by the Irish ambassador to Spain, Síle Maguire. James Rogers, Fox News, "Search for Irish chieftain’s skeleton continues in Spain more than 400 years after his death," 1 Nov. 2020 The district was favored by German brewers in part because of its soft soil, which allowed for easy excavation to create the cool, underground caves required to produce lager. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "In Brooklyn, a Ghost of Breweries Past," 30 Oct. 2020 First created in 1986 when Lake Woodlands was made by the excavation of topsoil and filled with water, the island was originally planned to be used for the headquarters of the Mitchell Oil Co. Jeff Forward, Chron, "Mitchell Island plans focus of Nov. 4 Woodlands meeting," 28 Oct. 2020 The balance was beginning to shift from excavation and export to preserving and protecting Egypt’s heritage, though traditionalist popularizers like E.A. Wallis Budge of the British Museum carried on bribing and smuggling. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A World Beneath the Sands’ Review: Pyramid Fever," 23 Oct. 2020 Monday marked the second excavation of the area, with an earlier dig in July resulting in no remains. NBC News, "Human remains found at suspected 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre mass grave site," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of excavation

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for excavation

borrowed from Latin excavātiōn-, excavātiō, from excavāre "to hollow out, excavate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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The first known use of excavation was circa 1611

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24 Nov 2020

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“Excavation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excavation. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for excavation

excavation

noun
ex·​ca·​va·​tion | \ ˌek-skə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce excavation (audio) \

Kids Definition of excavation

1 : the act of excavating
2 : a hollow place formed by excavating

excavation

noun
ex·​ca·​va·​tion | \ ˌek-skə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce excavation (audio) \

Medical Definition of excavation

1 : the action or process of excavating
2 : a cavity formed by or as if by cutting, digging, or scooping

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