from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fish out; to find out by skill or laborious investigation; to search out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fish out; to find out by skill or laborious investigation; to search out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To search out; hence, to discover by subtle means or by strict examination.
I am in a fair way to expiscate my family history.
Tom vanished, like Aubrey's apparition, with a melodious twang, and a perceptible odour of tar; and so, being determined to expiscate the matter, I proceeded towards the Broomielaw, and in due time became master of the locality of the Cat and Bagpipes.
He has no exculpatory witnesses; he has had no time to expiscate facts; the evidence for the prosecution is handed to him in court; and he can make only such observations as occur at the moment, knowing all the while that the prisoner's fate is already determined on.