Part of speech: verb

To dig into; make by digging out; remove or uncover by digging.

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Usage examples "excavate":

  1. They could only find firm soil at the very base of the height, and they had to excavate more than eighty shafts, fill them with concrete, and then rear their church on all those subterranean columns.... - "Paris From the "Three Cities"", Emile Zola.
  2. 89, 90. The brook Ain Musa, which runs through the ruined city of Petra and finally disappears in the sands of Wadi el Araba, is a considerable stream in winter, and the inhabitants of that town were obliged to excavate a tunnel through the rock near the right bank, just above the upper entrance of the narrow Sik, to discharge a part of its swollen current. - "The Earth as Modified by Human Action", George P. Marsh.
  3. If, therefore, he should excavate to the edge of his land and his neighbor's building should in consequence fall down, would he be without redress? - "Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman", Albert Sidney Bolles.