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trowel

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noun trow·el \ ˈtrau̇(-ə)l \

Definition of trowel

:any of various hand tools used to apply, spread, shape, or smooth loose or plastic material; also :a scoop-shaped or flat-bladed garden tool for taking up and setting small plants

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Origin and Etymology of trowel

Middle English truel, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin truella, from Latin trulla ladle

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trowel

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Definition of trowel

troweled or trowelled; troweling or trowelling
transitive verb
:to smooth, mix, or apply with or as if with a trowel

troweler

noun

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First Known Use of trowel

circa 1670

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TROWEL Defined for English Language Learners

trowel

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noun

Definition of trowel for English Language Learners

  • : a small tool with a curved blade that is used by gardeners for digging holes

  • : a small tool with a flat blade that is used for spreading and smoothing mortar or plaster


TROWEL Defined for Kids

trowel

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noun trow·el \ ˈtrau̇-əl \

Definition of trowel for Students

1 :a small hand tool with a flat blade used for spreading and smoothing mortar or plaster
2 :a small hand tool with a curved blade used by gardeners


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