Definitions for: Shovel


[n] a machine for excavating
[n] a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
[n] a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
[n] the quantity a shovel can hold
[v] dig with or as if with a shovel; "shovel sand"; "he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long"



Webster (1913) Definition: Shov"el, n. [OE. shovele, schovele, AS. scoft, sceoft;
akin to D. schoffel, G. schaufel, OHG. sc?vala, Dan. skovl,
Sw. skofvel, skyffel, and to E. shove. [root]160. See
Shove, v. t.]
An implement consisting of a broad scoop, or more or less
hollow blade, with a handle, used for lifting and throwing
earth, coal, grain, or other loose substances.

Shovel hat, a broad-brimmed hat, turned up at the sides,
and projecting in front like a shovel, -- worn by some
clergy of the English Church. [Colloq.]

Shovelspur (Zo["o]l.), a flat, horny process on the tarsus
of some toads, -- used in burrowing.

Steam shovel, a machine with a scoop or scoops, operated by
a steam engine, for excavating earth, as in making railway
cuttings.


Shov"el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shoveledor Shovelled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Shoveling or Shovelling.]
1. To take up and throw with a shovel; as, to shovel earth
into a heap, or into a cart, or out of a pit.

2. To gather up as with a shovel.

Synonyms: digger, excavator, power shovel, shovelful, spadeful

See Also: backhoe, bolt down, containerful, cut into, delve, dig, dredge, fire iron, gobble up, hand shovel, hand tool, machine, posthole digger, post-hole digger, rake in, scoop, scoop shovel, shovel in, steam shovel, turn over

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