- 1A tool resembling a spade with a broad blade and typically upturned sides, used for moving coal, earth, snow, or other material: an area of turf had been dug up by vandals using a pick and shovelMore example sentences
spade, scoop; Australian/New Zealand banjo• archaic peel
- Hand tools such as spades, shovels, sickles etc, which currently attract a 16 per cent excise duty will also be fully exempt.
- Much of the work is done manually using basic tools like hammers, shovels, axes and mammoties, a spade-like implement common throughout Sri Lanka.
- Digging tools like rakes, shovels, pitch forks and spade are some of the basic tools used by professional gardeners as well as beginners.
- 1.1A machine or part of a machine having a shape or function similar to that of a shovel.More example sentences
- If you are mining by open pit, your haul trucks and shovels will be diesel or electric.
- A mechanical shovel was used to load lorries resulting in the decimation of the surface.
- Two workmen and a mechanical shovel would sort out the whole sorry mess in one weekend at a tiny fraction of the stupid price they are talking about for a bridge.
- 1.2An amount of something carried or moved with a shovel: a few shovels of earthMore example sentences
- They are out with shovels of gravel and buckets of tar when major repair work is necessary.
- To this day, the Government has not moved a shovel at the proposed site.
- Everyone was tense as shovels of dirt were tossed into the air.
verb (shovels, shovelling, shovelled; US shovels, shoveling, shoveled)[with object and adverbial] Back to top
- 1Move (coal, earth, snow, or similar) with a shovel: she shovelled coal on the fireMore example sentences
- She went out and helped the boys shovel snow out of the drive and part of the street.
- Once the first few inches of ice formed, men were put on the ice to shovel any snow that fell.
- Have your kids help shovel the snow off the driveway and use that excess snow to build a huge snow fort.
- 1.1 • informal Put or push (something, typically food) somewhere quickly and in large quantities: Dave was shovelling pasta into his mouthMore example sentences
- He regretfully stopped shoveling food onto his plate, and only ate half of what he put on there.
- She lapped up her food happily and I turned back to my plate and started shoveling food in my mouth.
- Skye got very annoyed very quickly, and shoveled her food in her mouth as fast as she could with her fork.
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- All she needed to do was dump a shovelful of dirt into the flat, pick it up and shake it over the row.
- I add a shovelful each of sand and peatmoss to each six shovelfuls of the first mixture.
- You can top the brown layers with a shovelful of manure or soil to help heat up the pile and speed composting.
Old English scofl, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schoffel, German Schaufel, also to the verb shove.