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Excavation

Ex`ca`va´tion
n.1.The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.
2.A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping.
3.(Engin.) An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel.
Noun1.excavation - the act of digging; "there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton"
Synonyms: digging, dig
2.Excavationexcavation - the site of an archeological exploration; "they set up camp next to the dig"
3.excavation - a hole in the ground made by excavating
4.Excavationexcavation - the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth
Synonyms: mining
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