from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An excavator whose bucket is rigidly attached to a hinged pole on the boom and is drawn backward to the machine when in operation.

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  • n. A piece of excavating equipment consisting of a digging bucket or scoop on the end of an articulated arm; drawn backwards to move earth.
  • n. A multi-purpose tractor with a front-mounted loading bucket and a rear-mounted digging bucket.
  • v. To excavate using such equipment.

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  • n. an excavator whose shovel bucket is attached to a hinged boom and is drawn backward to move earth


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