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shovel

noun shov·el \ ˈshə-vəl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of shovel

1 a :a hand implement consisting of a broad scoop or a more or less hollowed out blade with a handle used to lift and throw material
b :something that resembles a shovel
c :an excavating machine; especially :a hydraulic diesel-engine driven power shovel

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Origin and Etymology of shovel

Middle English, from Old English scofl; akin to Old High German scūfla shovel, Old English scūfan to thrust away


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shovel

verb

Definition of shovel

shoveled or shovelled; shoveling or shovelling play \ˈshə-və-liŋ, ˈshəv-liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to take up and throw with a shovel
2 :to dig or clean out with a shovel
3 :to throw or convey roughly or in a mass as if with a shovel
  • shoveled his food into his mouth
intransitive verb
:to use a shovel

Examples of shovel in a Sentence

  1. He is outside shoveling snow.

  2. I have to shovel the driveway.

  3. I had to shovel for an hour to clear the driveway.

  4. The snow was so deep we had to shovel a path to our front door.

  5. Stop shoveling food into your mouth.

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First Known Use of shovel

15th century

shovel Synonyms

Synonyms
excavate, dig
Related Words
dredge; burrow, claw, grub; dig in; scoop, spade; delve; mine, quarry
Near Antonyms
fill (in); smooth (out or over)

SHOVEL Defined for English Language Learners

shovel

noun

Definition of shovel for English Language Learners

  • : a tool with a long handle that is used for lifting and throwing dirt, sand, snow, etc.

  • : the part of a machine (such as a backhoe) that picks up and moves dirt, sand, snow, etc.


shovel

verb

Definition of shovel for English Language Learners

  • : to lift and throw (dirt, sand, snow, etc.) with a shovel

  • : to remove snow from (a sidewalk, driveway, etc.) with a shovel

  • : to create (a path) by removing snow with a shovel


SHOVEL Defined for Kids

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shovel

noun shov·el \ ˈshə-vəl \

Definition of shovel for Students

1 :a tool with a long handle and broad scoop used to lift and throw loose material (as dirt or snow)
2 :as much as a shovel will hold
  • a shovel of sand

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shovel

verb

Definition of shovel for Students

shoveled or shovelled; shoveling or shovelling
1 :to lift or throw with a shovel
  • shovel snow
2 :to dig or clean out with a shovel
  • I shoveled out the sheep pens.
3 :to move large amounts of into something quickly
  • He shoveled food into his mouth.


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