shovelful

noun
shov·el·ful | \ˈshə-vəl-ˌfu̇l \
plural shovelfuls\ˈshə-vəl-ˌfu̇lz \ also shovelsful\-vəlz-ˌfu̇l \

Definition of shovelful 

: as much as a shovel will hold

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Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow And Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 10 Aug. 2017 After bringing up only a few shovelfuls of silver spoons and gold coins, Lawes quickly retreated and called the police and the local archaeological society. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "A Search for a Lost Hammer Led to the Largest Cache of Roman Treasure Ever Found in Britain," 9 Jan. 2018 Members of the crew gingerly sifted through the rubble, pouring shovelfuls of debris through fine grates before discarding the rest into piles ringing the foundation of the home. Sam Gross, USA TODAY, "Crews sift ruins for traces of wildfire victims," 15 Oct. 2017 Snow weighs from 7 pounds per cubic foot to an astounding 30 pounds per cubic foot, so one shovelful weighs 7 pounds to 45 pounds. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Best Snow Shovel," 15 Aug. 2017 Spring Valley Ranch is a story of a Texas pension fund that invested poorly, spent tens of millions of dollars without turning a shovelful of dirt, and left residents of Ada County to wonder: Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "A tale of two minicities: As Avimor thrives, $62 million spent next door goes to waste," 12 June 2017 Safety netting surrounded a large live oak on the property, not far from where Stimpson and others tossed their ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt. Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, AL.com, "Mobile leaders break ground on Crichton fire station," 18 May 2017

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1533, in the meaning defined above

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shovelful

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shovelful

: the amount that a shovel will hold

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