shovelful

noun
shov·​el·​ful | \ ˈshə-vəl-ˌfu̇l How to pronounce shovelful (audio) \
plural shovelfuls\ ˈshə-​vəl-​ˌfu̇lz How to pronounce shovelfuls (audio) \ also shovelsful\ -​vəlz-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce shovelsful (audio) \

Definition of shovelful

: as much as a shovel will hold

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Or to divide your pile into wheelbarrow loads, or to break it down by the shovelful, sending each one to a unique, carefully chosen destination. Quanta Magazine, "A Traveler Who Finds Stability in the Natural World," 1 Aug. 2018 Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 Loosen the soil to 12 inches deep and add a shovelful of compost. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of shovelful

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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