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  • adjective construction, not comparable Designed to move large quantities of earth or rubble for civil engineering or building purposes.
  • adjective figuratively, comparable Of great significance.


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earth +‎ moving


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  • Rapid expansion of public infrastructure and urbanization there are driving demand for bulldozers, excavators and other earthmoving equipment.

    Deere Enhances Focus on Russia Bob Tita 2011

  • The Guihulngan mayor, Ernesto Reyes, said crews were using earthmoving equipment in the search for casualties.

    Philippines earthquake toll rises as dig continues for landslide casualties 2012

  • It is also the first time Bridgestone has produced these types of tires, typically found on earthmoving equipment, outside of Japan.

    Japanese Tire Maker Sets U.S. Investment Jeff Bennett 2011

  • The new construction site glowed dull orange, the earthmoving machines resting quietly in their foundation pits.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet Scott Westerfeld 2010

  • He radioed de Roon and told him to bring jacks and any earthmoving equipment he could get his hands on.

    Foreign Influence Brad Thor 2010

  • This just in: caterpillar — the maker of earthmoving equipment, including bulldozers and monster mining trucks — reported first-quarter profits of 55 cents a share, up from a loss of 19 cents a year earlier.

    A New Economic Order 2010

  • More digging was needed, but most of the earthmoving machines had already been shifted out of the canyon.

    Colossus Michael Hiltzik 2010

  • The claws and earthmoving scoops around her were tools for attacking nature, not maintaining the city.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet Scott Westerfeld 2010

  • As early as 1905 the Reclamation Bureau relied on electricity to power earthmoving equipment on its Gunnison Tunnel in western Colorado, keeping diesel trucks on hand only as temporary backups in case a power line went down.

    Colossus Michael Hiltzik 2010

  • In the meantime enjoy the little lighthearted things — we can get back to talking about heavy, earthmoving things when I feel up to it.

    me too! « Love | Peace | Ohana 2008


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