To hollow out; to form cavity or hole in; to make hollow by cutting, scooping, or digging; as, to excavate a ball; to excavate the earth.
- To make a hole in; hollow out: excavate an ore-rich hillside.
- To form by hollowing out.
- To remove by digging or scooping out.
- To expose or uncover by or as if by digging: excavate an archaeological site.
- To engage in digging, hollowing out, or removing.