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Definition 1: the act of extracting ores or coal etc from the earth - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for excavation in the sense of this definition

(excavation is a kind of ...) (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale

"he introduced more efficient methods of production"

(... is a kind of excavation ) mining valuable minerals from a placer by washing or dredging

(... is a kind of excavation ) the mining of ore or coal from an open mine

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) separate (a metal) from an ore

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) excavate horizontally

"drive a tunnel"

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) extract (ore) from a strip-mine

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) get from the earth by excavation

"mine ores and metals"

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) wash by removing particles

"Wash ores"

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) break into lumps before sorting

"rag ore"

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) (mining) a unit of volume (equal to 6 cubic feet) used in measuring bodies of ore

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) a horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine

"they dug a drift parallel with the vein"

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

(excavation is the domain which ... is member of) (of mines and mining) worked from the exposed surface

"opencast mining" "an opencut iron mine"

Definition 2: the act of digging - [noun denoting act]

Samples where excavation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there's an interesting excavation going on near Princeton

Synonyms for excavation in the sense of this definition

(excavation is a kind of ...) the act of creating by removing something

Definition 3: a hole in the ground made by excavating - [noun denoting artifact]

(excavation is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of excavation ) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine

(... is a kind of excavation ) an excavation where root vegetables are stored

(... is a kind of excavation ) an excavation that is (usually) filled with water

(... is a kind of excavation ) a surface excavation for extracting stone or slate

"a British term for `quarry' is `stone pit'"

(... is a kind of excavation ) excavation consisting of a vertical or sloping passageway for finding or mining ore or for ventilating a mine

(... is a kind of excavation ) excavation in the earth from which ores and minerals are extracted

(... is a kind of excavation ) a long narrow excavation in the earth

(... is a kind of excavation ) an excavation for ore or precious stones or for archaeology

(... is a kind of excavation ) an excavation; usually a quarry or mine

(... is a kind of excavation ) a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

(... is a kind of excavation ) a mine or quarry that is being or has been worked

Definition 4: the site of an archeological exploration - [noun denoting location]

Samples where excavation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they set up camp next to the dig

Synonyms for excavation in the sense of this definition

(excavation is a kind of ...) the piece of land on which something is located (or is to be located)

"a good site for the school"

(... is an instance of excavation) an ancient Mediterranean seaport that was a thriving city state in Phoenicia during the second millennium BC; was the chief port for the export of papyrus; located in Lebanon to the north of Beirut; now partially excavated

(excavation belongs to category ...) the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures

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