shovelful

noun
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 As a powerful fire retardant, it was loaded into homes and consumer goods by the shovelful. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "How Asbestos—Yes, Asbestos—Could Fight Climate Change," 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, ExpressNews.com, "Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond wants to go out on a high note," 29 Aug. 2020 Glancing around, the solo miners and sluice-filling duos up and down the river seemed intent on extracting the most from every shovelful. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become an Amateur Gold Miner," 27 Aug. 2020 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

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First Known Use of shovelful

1533, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shovelful was in 1533

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27 Dec 2020

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“Shovelful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shovelful. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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shovelful

noun
How to pronounce shovelful (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shovelful

: the amount that a shovel will hold

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