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excavator

Line breaks: ex|ca¦va¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkskəveɪtə
 
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Definition of excavator in English:

noun

1A person who excavates an archaeological site.
Example sentences
  • As Mortimer Wheeler put it 50 years ago, ‘the archaeological excavator is not digging up things, he is digging up people’.
  • The inscription, found by excavators from Pre-Construct Archaeology on a possible temple site in Southwark, is one of the earliest pieces of physical evidence for the name of London.
  • The excavators interpret the site as having functioned in a Cahokia-centric trading network.
2A large machine for digging and moving earth.
Example sentences
  • If you haven't already noticed, compact excavators - those mini machines weighing no more than about 6-8 tons - are getting bigger.
  • Earth movers, excavators, backhoes, and bulldozers rely on hydraulic fluids to lift, move, scrape, and dig.
  • Many excavator manufacturers consider any machine weighing less than about 8 tons to be a compact.

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