(Ex`ca*va"tion) n. [L. excavatio: cf. F. excavation.]

1. The act of excavating, or of making hollow, by cutting, scooping, or digging out a part of a solid mass.

2. A cavity formed by cutting, digging, or scooping. "A winding excavation." Glover.

3. (Engin.) (a) An uncovered cutting in the earth, in distinction from a covered cutting or tunnel. (b) The material dug out in making a channel or cavity.

The delivery of the excavations at a distance of 250 feet.
E. L. Corthell.

(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.

(Ex*cave") v. t. [L. excavare.] To excavate. [Obs.] Cockeram.

(Ex*ce"cate) v. t. [L. excaecatus, p. p. of excaecare to blind; ex (intens.) + caecare to blind, caecus blind.] To blind. [Obs.] Cockeram.

(Ex`ce*ca"tion) n. The act of making blind. [Obs.] Bp. Richardson.

(Ex*ced"ent) n. [L. excedens, -entis, p. pr. of excedere. See Exceed, v. t.] Excess. [R.]

(Ex*ceed") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exceeded; p. pr. & vb. n. Exceeding.] [L. excedere, excessum, to go away or beyond; ex out + cedere to go, to pass: cf. F. excéder. See Cede.] To go beyond; to proceed beyond the given or supposed limit or measure of; to outgo; to surpass; — used both in a good and a bad sense; as, one man exceeds another in bulk, stature, weight, power, skill, etc.; one offender exceeds another in villainy; his rank exceeds yours.

Name the time, but let it not
Exceed three days.

Observes how much a chintz exceeds mohair.

Syn. — To outdo; surpass; excel; transcend; outstrip; outvie; overtop.

(Ex*ceed"), v. i.

1. To go too far; to pass the proper bounds or measure. "In our reverence to whom, we can not possibly exceed." Jer. Taylor.

Forty stripes he may give him, and not exceed.
Deut. xxv. 3.

2. To be more or greater; to be paramount. Shak.

(Ex*ceed"a*ble) a. Capable of exceeding or surpassing. [Obs.] Sherwood.

(Ex*ceed"er) n. One who exceeds. Bp. Montagu.

(Ex*ceed"ing), a. More than usual; extraordinary; more than sufficient; measureless. "The exceeding riches of his grace." Eph. ii. 7.Ex*ceed"ing*ness, n. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.

(Ex*ceed"ing), adv. In a very great degree; extremely; exceedingly. [Archaic. It is not joined to verbs.] "The voice exceeding loud." Keble.

His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow.
Mark ix. 3.

The Genoese were exceeding powerful by sea.
Sir W. Raleigh.

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