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excavate

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Definition to dig out
in various senses, including:
  • remove or lay bare — as when removing top soil to lay a foundation
  • find or uncover — as at an archaeological site
  • remove a part — as a tooth from the gum that surrounds it
  • While excavating to lay the foundation, we encountered an ancient burial mound.
excavating = digging
  • The excavation has uncovered a dinosaur burial ground.
  • excavation = digging
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Schliemann excavated Troy.
  • excavated = uncovered an archaeological site
  • She hopes to excavate 50 acres around the temple ruins.
  • excavate = uncover an archaeological site
  • The dentist excavated the diseased area.
  • excavated = removed
  • The mining company wants to excavate the hillside.
  • excavate = dig out
  • They want to excavate the ancient Greek city of Ephesus.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • excavate = uncover an archaeological site
  • Carnegie had a lake excavated for Princeton University's rowing team
  • excavated = dug out
  • [The dirt] expanded when it was excavated. The piles were a lot bigger than his hole was deep.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • excavated = dug out
  • He struggled to continue digging as he fought the wind, which often blew the sand back into the excavation.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • excavation = the hole being dug
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • After a while, she told the boys to switch places, so that Stanley, Zigzag, and Magnet dug in the holes, and Zero, Armpit, and Squid shoveled the excavated dirt into the wheelbarrows.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • excavated = dug out
  • The white buildings of Missing looked rounded at the edges, worn down, as if they'd been excavated in an archaeological dig but not restored.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • We need you and Arya to collapse any tunnels they're excavating.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • That crypt is being excavated and examined now In fact, that is where I have just come from with these gentlemen.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Before us was a great excavation, not very recent, for the sides had fallen in and grass had sprouted on the bottom.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • They found her when they were excavating the concrete slab in the DiLaurentises' old backyard to put in a tennis court.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Then the dab of the sponge, a pause, and more excavation.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Coming up again to the marsh level out of this excavation,—for the rude path lay through it,—I saw a light in the old sluice-house.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • At the far edge of the bog a bomb fell, its muted blast followed by a distant rain of excavated glop.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • I can feel the excavation, and it's painless so far.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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