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

Definition of shovelful

: as much as a shovel will hold

Examples of shovelful in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Hurricanes' historic impact on the draft that began in 1995 and ended, ironically, the same year Alabama coach Nick Saban began sending first-rounders to the draft by the shovelful, isn't to be discounted. Chase Goodbread, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 In those cases, there’s not much DNA left behind, just as there might not be much Coccidioides DNA in a shovelful of dirt brought back by a field researcher. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2022 Williams, dressed all in white, was granted the honor of turning over the first shovelful of dirt. Hanna Raskin, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Mar. 2022 The average shovelful of heavy, wet snow weighs 16 to 20 pounds, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 2 Feb. 2022 The Obamas were joined at the event by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who, along with the former first couple, helped break ground on the center by ceremonially overturning a shovelful of dirt. Allie Malloy, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 The drill: Throw a shovelful of gravel in the bottom of each hole. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, 6 Mar. 2021 As a powerful fire retardant, it was loaded into homes and consumer goods by the shovelful. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 23 Oct. 2020 In the last quarter of last season’s last game, Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond shoved aside a shovelful of self-doubt and sprinted as if his college career depended on it. Brent Zwerneman,, 29 Aug. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of shovelful

1533, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Shovelful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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