Meaning of “excavator” in the English Dictionary

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"excavator" in British English

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excavatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈek.skə.veɪ.tər/ us /ˈek.skə.veɪ.t̬ɚ/

UK US steam shovel a large, powerful machine with a container connected to a long arm, used for digging up the ground

a person who digs up the ground looking for something:

Teams of excavators have been searching for human remains.

Examples from literature

  • The biggest vehicle in the world is the bucket-wheel excavator. 
  • But is not the material detached simply thrust back behind the excavator as the work progresses? 
  • They are made by the ashes that have been dug out by the excavators and piled here. 

(Definition of “excavator” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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