Definitions for: Spade


[n] a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot
[n] a playing card in the major suit of spades
[n] (ethnic slur) offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigger"
[v] dig (up) with a spade; "I spade compost into the flower beds"



Webster (1913) Definition: Spade, n. [Cf. Spay, n.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A hart or stag three years old. [Written also
spaid, spayade.]

2. [Cf. L. spado.] A castrated man or beast.


Spade, n. [AS. sp[ae]d; spada; akin to D. spade, G.
spaten, Icel. spa[eth]i, Dan. & Sw. spade, L. spatha a
spatula, a broad two-edged sword, a spathe, Gr. spa`qh. Cf.
Epaulet, Spade at cards, Spathe, Spatula.]
1. An implement for digging or cutting the ground, consisting
usually of an oblong and nearly rectangular blade of iron,
with a handle like that of a shovel. ``With spade and
pickax armed.'' --Milton.

2. [Sp. espada, literally, a sword; -- so caused because
these cards among the Spanish bear the figure of a sword.
Sp. espada is fr. L. spatha, Gr. spa`qh. See the Etymology
above.] One of that suit of cards each of which bears one
or more figures resembling a spade.

``Let spades be trumps!'' she said. --Pope.

3. A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.

Spade bayonet, a bayonet with a broad blade which may be
used digging; -- called also trowel bayonet.

Spade handle (Mach.), the forked end of a connecting rod in
which a pin is held at both ends. See Illust. of {Knuckle
joint}, under Knuckle.


Spade, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Spading.]
To dig with a spade; to pare off the sward of, as land, with
a spade.

Synonyms: coon, jigaboo, nigger, nigra

See Also: Black, black person, blackamoor, boy, cut into, delve, dig, ditch spade, garden spade, hand shovel, long-handled spade, major suit, Negro, Negroid, playing card, ridge, turn over

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