Definition of "excavation" []

  • The act or process of excavating. (noun)
  • A hole formed by excavating. (noun)
  • To remove (soil, earth, etc) by digging; dig out (verb)

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  • To make (a hole, cavity, or tunnel) in (solid matter) by hollowing or removing the centre or inner part (verb)
  • To unearth (buried objects) methodically in an attempt to discover information about the past (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "excavation" in a sentence
  • "It also means that no excavation is required when installing the Levytator."
  • "When a witness to this excavation is killed by the military, his Smilla-esque sister Kristin – single, self-sufficient, ballsy – sets out to discover why."
  • "Nevertheless, from reading it myself, I venture to predict that if an excavation is made in the main basement, somewhere in the vicinity of the foundation of the great chimney, a collection of bones will be found which should very closely resemble those which James"