reexcavate

excavate

[eks-kuh-veyt]
verb (used with object), excavated, excavating.
1.
to make hollow by removing the inner part; make a hole or cavity in; form into a hollow, as by digging: The ground was excavated for a foundation.
2.
to make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) by removing material.
3.
to dig or scoop out (earth, sand, etc.).
4.
to expose or lay bare by or as if by digging; unearth: to excavate an ancient city.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin excavātus (past participle of excavāre to hollow out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + cav(um) hollow, cave + -ātus -ate1

reexcavate, verb (used with object), reexcavated, reexcavating.
unexcavated, adjective
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excavate (ˈɛkskəˌveɪt)
 
vb
1.  to remove (soil, earth, etc) by digging; dig out
2.  to make (a hole, cavity, or tunnel) in (solid matter) by hollowing or removing the centre or inner part: to excavate a tooth
3.  to unearth (buried objects) methodically in an attempt to discover information about the past
 
[C16: from Latin excavāre, from cavāre to make hollow, from cavus hollow]
 
exca'vation
 
n

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excavate
1590s, from L. excavatus, pp. of excavare "to hollow out," from ex- "out" + cavare "to hollow," from cavus "cave." Related: Excavated; excavating.
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