- a power-driven excavating vehicle with a hinged bucket at the end of a long, jointed arm: it digs by drawing the bucket toward the power unit
- the digging mechanism of this vehicle
A mechanical excavator whose bucket is attached by a hinge to a two-part arm and is drawn backward to the machine when in operation.
(third-person singular simple present backhoes, present participle backhoeing, simple past and past participle backhoed)
- To excavate using such equipment.