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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ As well as its own peat-cutting operations, the company is also encouraging local farmers to use mechanical excavators to exploit their own reserves.
▪ In this case it is clear that the original excavators included only those coins which they deemed of sufficient importance for publication.
▪ Many corpses, or rather fossils of corpses, were found by the excavators in the ash.
▪ Many different excavators, when digging up the airport, have encountered this odor.
▪ Now, with dynamite, the excavators were nibbling back each outcrop farther and farther away from the center.
▪ The excavator also recovered a blue shawl of loosely spaced plain weave with red stripes.
▪ The early excavators of Knossos found the large Horns of Consecration lying precisely in front of this doorway.
▪ The iron ore is easily extracted by quarrying with giant excavators.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Excavator \Ex"ca*va`tor\, n. One who, or that which, excavates or hollows out; a machine, as a dredging machine, or a tool, for excavating.


n. 1 A person who excavates 2 A curette used to scrape out pathological material 3 A vehicle, often on tracks, used to dig ditches etc; a backhoe; digger

  1. n. a workman who excavates for foundations of buildings or for quarrying

  2. a machine for excavating [syn: power shovel, digger, shovel]


Excavators (Hydraulic Excavators) are heavy construction equipment consisting of a boom, dipper (or stick), bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as the "house". The house sits atop an undercarriage with tracks or wheels. They are a natural progression from the steam shovels and often mistakenly called power shovels. All movement and functions of a hydraulic excavator are accomplished through the use of hydraulic fluid, with hydraulic cylinders and hydraulic motors. Due to the linear actuation of hydraulic cylinders, their mode of operation is fundamentally different from cable-operated excavators which uses winches and steel ropes to accomplish the movements.

Excavator (microarchitecture)

AMD Excavator Family 15h is a microarchitecture developed by AMD to succeed Steamroller Family 15h for use in AMD APU processors. On October 12, 2011, AMD revealed Excavator to be the code name for the fourth-generation Bulldozer-derived core.

The Excavator-based APU for mainstream applications is called Carrizo and was released in 2015. The Carrizo APU is designed to be HSA 1.0 compliant. An Excavator-based APU and CPU variant named Toronto for server and enterprise markets will also be available.

Excavator has been confirmed to be AMD's final revision of the 'Bulldozer' family, with two new microarchitectures replacing Excavator a year later. The next generation sister architectures will be the x86-64 Zen and AArch64 K12 architectures.

Usage examples of "excavator".

Along with other floral material the excavators found masticated leaves of the boldo plant, which currently is used by local residents to brew a tea believed to have medicinal value.

Any dog dreadful enough to have outdone his fellow couch destroyers, ankle nippers, rug soilers, lawn excavators, garbage stealers, and leash lungers to the extent of requiring three local consultations and the Monks of New Skete?

GREAT BOOK, tile Seventy-first on LOVE, wherein nothing is written, but the Reader receives a Lanthorn, a Powder-cask and a Pick-axe, and therewith pursues his yellow-dusking path across the rubble of preceding excavators in the solitary quarry: a yet more instructive passage than the overscrawled Seventieth, or French Section, whence the chapter opens, and where hitherto the polite world has halted.

She resorbed the handgrips and reformed the cube, tucked the excavator into its case and clicked the lid home.

As the six watched its death throes, something came up from beneath it, with jaws as big as a dragline excavator, and sucked the gull down.

Alba is tunneling headfirst into me, a bone and flesh excavator of my flesh and bone, a deepener of my depths.

Monastic excavators, alert for ancient treasures, had been known to emerge from a hole in the ground, triumphantly carrying a strange cylindrical artifact, and thenwhile cleaning it or trying to ascertain its purposepress the wrong button or twist the wrong knob, thereby ending the matter without benefit of clergy.

It is insulting to us—us, the finest excavators in the profession—allowed only to clear tombs other archaeologists have abandoned as unworthy of interest.

It is under such piles of man-made debris that excavators hope to find forgotten tomb entrances.

Many excavators do not pause for breakfast until after they have been at work for several hours.

Emerson is one of the few excavators in the business who derives as much pleasure from the humble minutiae of archaeology as from impressive temples and rich tombs.

Lacking coal, the French had fueled their giant excavators with bitumen-soaked mummies, stacked like cordwood and sold by the ton.

This generated an additional delay while the excavator was located, loaded on a low-boy flatbed truck, and driven out from town.

As he had made his way on foot, past enormous, scavenger-ready drill units, gross tonnage excavators, up-ended conveyor lines, and surrounding slag heaps, then into the midst of the shabby plastoid buildings that had become by default the planet's only inhabited zone, it had struck him that even the dirt and rocks here were of an inferior quality.

The excavator was as self-contained as any ship at sea, everything stored, each cupboard and drawer secured against sudden jolts, but here the purpose of the craft was nakedly displayed, the massive rock drills lain neatly in their racks.