- a person or thing that excavates.
- a power-driven machine for digging, moving, or transporting loose gravel, sand, or soil.
- a sharp, spoonlike instrument used for scraping out diseased tissue, as in dentistry.
Origin of excavator
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Examples from the Web for excavator
Nearby, a yellow Caterpillar excavator sits idle next to an opening that once led into a cross-border tunnel.How Mexico’s Cartels Are Behind the Border Kid Crisis
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Of course Dr. Munro nowhere suggests that any excavator is the guilty “faker.”The Clyde Mystery
These have as yet been untouched by the spade of the excavator.Biblical Geography and History
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At one time the male, at another the female, is the excavator.British Birds in their Haunts
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Intuitively that excavator's sense of his defined the direction.The Fortieth Door
Mary Hastings Bradley
No doubt there is frequently new material discovered; the excavator may in a month's digging find stuff for years of speculation.Problems in Greek history
John Pentland Mahaffy
- a powered machine for digging earth, gravel, sand, etc, esp a caterpillar tractor so equipped
- any person, animal, or thing that excavates
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- An instrument, such as a sharp spoon or curette, used in scraping out pathological tissue.
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