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Definition of EXCAVATION

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Excavation \Ex`ca*va"tion\, n. [L. excavatio: cf. F. excavation.]
     1. The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass. [1913 Webster]

     2. A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping. "A winding excavation." --Glover. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Engin.)
        (a) An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a {covered cutting} or {tunnel}. (b) The material dug out in making a channel or cavity. [1913 Webster]

                  The delivery of the excavations at a distance of
                  250 feet.                         --E. L. Corthell. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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