ex·​ca·​va·​tor ˈek-skə-ˌvā-tər How to pronounce excavator (audio)
: one that excavates
especially : a power-operated shovel

Examples of excavator in a Sentence

The excavators found ancient tools at the site.
Recent Examples on the Web That response included more than 2,000 people and subject matter experts, nearly two dozen tugboats, 13 floating cranes and 10 excavators, among other equipment. Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN, 10 June 2024 In an Entertainment Tonight interview in 2020, the couple revealed that Frane's husband Bob, who had worked as an excavator, had also died due to cancer in December 2018 — six months before Beth died. Sydni Ellis, Peoplemag, 9 June 2024 During construction at a school in Italy, excavators and archaeologists pulled back the ground floor and foundation only to find hidden chambers buried underneath, according to a June 5 news release from the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the city of Reggio Calabria. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 7 June 2024 That same day, footage from the Ortiz family’s security camera shows an excavator knocking down the chain link gate in front of the ranch. Rebecca Plevin, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for excavator 

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Word History


excavate + -or entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of excavator was circa 1815

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“Excavator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excavator. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


ex·​ca·​va·​tor ˈek-skə-ˌvāt-ər How to pronounce excavator (audio)
: an instrument used to open bodily cavities (as in the teeth) or remove material from them
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