Definition of excavator in English:


Syllabification: ex·ca·va·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈekskəˌvātər


  • 1A person who removes earth carefully and systematically from an archaeological site in order to find buried remains.
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    • 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.
  • 1.1A large machine for removing soil from the ground, especially on a building site.
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    • 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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