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shovel
left: ergonomic snow shovel
right: D-handle round point shovel

shov·el

 (shŭv′əl)
n.
1. A tool with a handle and a broad scoop or blade for digging and moving material, such as dirt or snow.
2. A large mechanical device or vehicle for heavy digging or excavation.
3. The amount that a shovel can hold; a shovelful: One shovel of dirt.
v. shov·eled, shov·el·ing, shov·els also shov·elled or shov·el·ling
v.tr.
1. To move or remove with a shovel.
2. To make with a shovel: shoveled a path through the snow.
3. To convey or throw in a rough or hasty way, as if with a shovel: He shoveled the food into his mouth.
4. To clear or excavate with or as if with a shovel: shoveling off the driveway after the snowstorm; shovels out the hall closet once a year.
v.intr.
To dig or work with a shovel.

[Middle English, from Old English scofl.]

shovel

(ˈʃʌvəl)
n
1. (Tools) an instrument for lifting or scooping loose material, such as earth, coal, etc, consisting of a curved blade or a scoop attached to a handle
2. (Tools) any machine or part resembling a shovel in action
3. Also called: shovelful the amount that can be contained in a shovel
4. (Clothing & Fashion) short for shovel hat
vb, -els, -elling or -elled, -els, -eling or -eled
5. to lift (earth, etc) with a shovel
6. (tr) to clear or dig (a path) with or as if with a shovel
7. (tr) to gather, load, or unload in a hurried or careless way: he shovelled the food into his mouth and rushed away.
[Old English scofl; related to Old High German scūfla shovel, Dutch schoffel hoe; see shove]
ˈshoveller, ˈshoveler n

shov•el

(ˈʃʌv əl)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a hand implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up or throwing loose matter.
2. any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade having a similar purpose: a steam shovel.
v.t.
3. to take up and cast with a shovel: to shovel coal.
4. to gather up in large quantity energetically with or as if with a shovel: to shovel food into one's mouth.
5. to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel.
v.i.
6. to use a shovel.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English scofl, c. Middle Dutch, Dutch schoffel; akin to Old High German scūvala, shove]

shovel


Past participle: shovelled
Gerund: shovelling

Imperative
shovel
shovel
Present
I shovel
you shovel
he/she/it shovels
we shovel
you shovel
they shovel
Preterite
I shovelled
you shovelled
he/she/it shovelled
we shovelled
you shovelled
they shovelled
Present Continuous
I am shovelling
you are shovelling
he/she/it is shovelling
we are shovelling
you are shovelling
they are shovelling
Present Perfect
I have shovelled
you have shovelled
he/she/it has shovelled
we have shovelled
you have shovelled
they have shovelled
Past Continuous
I was shovelling
you were shovelling
he/she/it was shovelling
we were shovelling
you were shovelling
they were shovelling
Past Perfect
I had shovelled
you had shovelled
he/she/it had shovelled
we had shovelled
you had shovelled
they had shovelled
Future
I will shovel
you will shovel
he/she/it will shovel
we will shovel
you will shovel
they will shovel
Future Perfect
I will have shovelled
you will have shovelled
he/she/it will have shovelled
we will have shovelled
you will have shovelled
they will have shovelled
Future Continuous
I will be shovelling
you will be shovelling
he/she/it will be shovelling
we will be shovelling
you will be shovelling
they will be shovelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shovelling
you have been shovelling
he/she/it has been shovelling
we have been shovelling
you have been shovelling
they have been shovelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shovelling
you will have been shovelling
he/she/it will have been shovelling
we will have been shovelling
you will have been shovelling
they will have been shovelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shovelling
you had been shovelling
he/she/it had been shovelling
we had been shovelling
you had been shovelling
they had been shovelling
Conditional
I would shovel
you would shovel
he/she/it would shovel
we would shovel
you would shovel
they would shovel
Past Conditional
I would have shovelled
you would have shovelled
he/she/it would have shovelled
we would have shovelled
you would have shovelled
they would have shovelled

Plow Shovel

A detachable pointed piece of flat metal attached to the frame of a plow and used not to turn over the soil (i.e., a turning plow) but to break up and stir it. There were/are many shapes of such points. See also Bull tongue, Calf tongue, and sweep.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shovel - a hand tool for lifting loose materialshovel - a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
hand shovel - a shovel that is operated by hand
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
posthole digger, post-hole digger - a shovel used to sink postholes
scoop shovel, scoop - the shovel or bucket of a dredge or backhoe
2.shovel - the quantity a shovel can hold
containerful - the quantity that a container will hold
3.shovel - a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
fire iron - metal fireside implements
4.shovel - a machine for excavatingshovel - a machine for excavating    
backhoe - an excavator whose shovel bucket is attached to a hinged boom and is drawn backward to move earth
dredge - a power shovel to remove material from a channel or riverbed
machine - any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
steam shovel - a power shovel that is driven by steam
Verb1.shovel - dig with or as if with a shovel; "shovel sand"; "he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long"
cut into, delve, dig, turn over - turn up, loosen, or remove earth; "Dig we must"; "turn over the soil for aeration"
garbage down, gobble up, shovel in, bolt down - eat a large amount of food quickly; "The children gobbled down most of the birthday cake"
rake in, shovel in - earn large sums of money; "Since she accepted the new position, she has been raking it in"

shovel

noun
1. spade, scoop She dug the foundation with a pick and shovel.
verb
1. move, scoop, dredge, shift, load, heap He had to get out and shovel snow.
2. stuff, spoon, ladle shovelling food into his mouth

shovel

verb
1. To break, turn over, or remove (earth or sand, for example) with or as if with a tool:
2. To make by digging:
Translations
جارُوفرَفْشيَجْرُف
lopataházet
skovlskovle
lapio
lopata
skóflaskófla, moka
シャベル
semtuvas
lāpstiņaliekšķerešķūrēt iekšāstrādāt ar lāpstu
lopataodhádzať
lopatametati z lopato
spade
พลั่ว
kürekküremek
xẻng

shovel

[ˈʃʌvl]
A. Npala f
mechanical shovelpala f mecánica, excavadora f
B. VTmover con pala
to shovel earth into a pileamontonar tierra con una pala
to shovel coal on to a fireañadir carbón a la lumbre con pala
they were shovelling out the mudestaban sacando el lodo con palas
he was shovelling food into his mouth >se zampaba la comida
shovel up VT + ADV [+ coal etc] → levantar con una pala; [+ snow] → quitar con pala

shovel

[ˈʃʌvəl]
n (= spade) → pelle f
vt
[+ snow, earth, coal] → pelleter
He was shovelling earth into the grave
BUT Il jetait des pelletées de terre dans la tombe.
(= stuff) → enfourner
He was shovelling food into his mouth → Il enfournait la nourriture.

shovel

nSchaufel f; (with long handle also) → Schippe f; (on power shovel) → Löffel m; (= power shovel)Löffelbagger m; a shovel of coaleine Schaufel Kohle
vtschaufeln; coal, snow alsoschippen; to shovel food into one’s mouth (inf)Essen in sich (acc)hineinschaufeln; to shovel snow off a patheinen Pfad vom Schnee frei schaufeln

shovel

[ˈʃʌvl]
1. npala
2. vt (coal, snow) → spalare; (sth spilt) → raccogliere con una paletta
he was shovelling food into his mouth (fig) → mangiava a quattro ganasce

shovel

(ˈʃavl) noun
a tool like a spade, with a short handle, used for scooping up and moving coal, gravel etc.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈshovelled , (American) ˈshoveled
to move (as if) with a shovel, especially in large quantities. He shovelled snow from the path; Don't shovel your food into your mouth!
ˈshovelful noun
the amount that can be held, carried etc on a shovel. a shovelful of coal.

shovel

جارُوف lopata skovl Schaufel φτυάρι pala lapio pelle lopata pala シャベル schop skuffe szufla совок spade พลั่ว kürek xẻng 铁铲
References in classic literature ?
asked Meg one snowy afternoon, as her sister came tramping through the hall, in rubber boots, old sack, and hood, with a broom in one hand and a shovel in the other.
Next day our men had to shovel until noon to reach the barn-- and the snow was still falling
I've bin kalklatin'," said Dick Mattingly, leaning on his long- handled shovel with lazy gravity, "that when I go to Rome this winter, I'll get one o' them marble sharps to chisel me a statoo o' some kind to set up on the spot where we made our big strike.
To go of errands with his slow and shuffling gait, which made you doubt how he ever was to arrive anywhere; to saw a small household's foot or two of firewood, or knock to pieces an old barrel, or split up a pine board for kindling-stuff; in summer, to dig the few yards of garden ground appertaining to a low-rented tenement, and share the produce of his labor at the halves; in winter, to shovel away the snow from the sidewalk, or open paths to the woodshed, or along the clothes-line; such were some of the essential offices which Uncle Venner performed among at least a score of families.
In one corner stood a huge bag of wool, ready to be spun; in another, a quantity of linsey-woolsey just from the loom; ears of Indian corn, and strings of dried apples and peaches, hung in gay festoons along the walls, mingled with the gaud of red peppers; and a door left ajar gave him a peep into the best parlor, where the claw-footed chairs and dark mahogany tables shone like mirrors; andirons, with their accompanying shovel and tongs, glistened from their covert of asparagus tops; mock- oranges and conch - shells decorated the mantelpiece; strings of various-colored birds eggs were suspended above it; a great ostrich egg was hung from the centre of the room, and a corner cupboard, knowingly left open, displayed immense treasures of old silver and well-mended china.
An old road-mender was standing near a heap of stones, his shovel dropped and his hands raised.
Only I'll make one suggestion: I've seen this child whipped with a poker, knocked down with the shovel or tongs, whichever came handiest, &c.
and who told the widow she could put in her shovel about a thing that ain't none of her business?
Tain't wuth savin'; tain't wuth totin' out on a shovel en throwin' en de gutter.
Then he started for the stile, and as he went over it the moon came out strong, and he had a long-handled shovel over his shoulder, and we see the white patch on the old work-gown.
I was ready to saw wood, shovel coal, carry wood, sweep the chimney, or roll oil casks,--all of which I am told that colored persons can now get employment at calking in New Bedford--a result of anti-slavery effort.
A more elastic footstep entered next; and now I opened my mouth for a 'good-morning,' but closed it again, the salutation unachieved; for Hareton Earnshaw was performing his orison SOTTO VOCE, in a series of curses directed against every object he touched, while he rummaged a corner for a spade or shovel to dig through the drifts.