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shovel

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noun shov·el \ˈshə-vəl\

Definition of shovel

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

  2. 2 :  shovelful

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 shov·el

Definition of shovel

shoveled

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shovelled

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shoveling

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shovelling

play \ˈshə-və-liŋ, ˈshəv-liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take up and throw with a shovel

  3. 2 :  to dig or clean out with a shovel

  4. 3 :  to throw or convey roughly or in a mass as if with a shovel shoveled his food into his mouth

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  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.

First Known Use of shovel

15th century


SHOVEL Defined for English Language Learners

shovel

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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

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noun shov·el \ˈshə-vəl\

Definition of shovel for Students

  1. 1 :  a tool with a long handle and broad scoop used to lift and throw loose material (as dirt or snow)

  2. 2 :  as much as a shovel will hold a shovel of sand


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shovel

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verb shov·el

Definition of shovel for Students

shoveled

or

shovelled

;

shoveling

or

shovelling

  1. 1 :  to lift or throw with a shovel shovel snow

  2. 2 :  to dig or clean out with a shovel I shoveled out the sheep pens.

  3. 3 :  to move large amounts of into something quickly He shoveled food into his mouth.



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