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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
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The shovelfuls of loam, black as jet, brought there by the river when it was as wide as the whole valley, were an essence of soils, pounded campaigns of the past, steeped, refined, and subtilized to extraordinary richness, out of which came all the fertility of the mead, and of the cattle grazing there.
So they dug and dug like everything; and it got awful dark, and the rain started, and the wind swished and swushed along, and the lightning come brisker and brisker, and the thunder boomed; but them people never took no notice of it, they was so full of this business; and one minute you could see everything and every face in that big crowd, and the shovelfuls of dirt sailing up out of the grave, and the next second the dark wiped it all out, and you couldn't see nothing at all.
The water in the professional pipkin having been made to boil, in course of time, by various little shovelfuls of coal, which Mr.
There was nothing for it but go below with shovels and try to right her, and there we were in that vast hold, gloomy like a cavern, the tallow dips stuck and flickering on the beams, the gale howling above, the ship tossing about like mad on her side; there we all were, Jermyn, the captain, everyone, hardly able to keep our feet, engaged on that gravedigger's work, and try- ing to toss shovelfuls of wet sand up to windward.
Where the sidehill touched the water he dug up a shovelful of dirt and put it into the gold-pan.
It's just booful, the way it peters out," he exulted when a shovelful of dirt contained no more than a single speck of gold.
Twenty cents, thirty cents, fifty cents, sixty cents, were the values of the gold found in the pans, and at nightfall he washed his banner pan, which gave him a dollar's worth of gold-dust from a shovelful of dirt.
We used to keep our coal in the bottom part of the cupboard, and when any was wanted we had to climb over the bed, fill a shovelful, and then crawl back.
It began to snow, and every snow-flake that fell on her was to her as a whole shovelful thrown on one of us, for we are so big, and she was only an inch high.
They went around and gathered every bit of soil they could find, gleaned it and even stole it by the shovelful or handful, and carried it up the mountains on their backs and built farms--BUILT them, MADE them, on the naked rock.
It was done; I stirred up the ashes, and interred them under a shovelful of coals; and she mutely, and with a sense of intense injury, retired to her private apartment.
The last attempt had been made by Cobus Quackenbos, who dug for a whole night, and met with incredible difficulty, for as fast as he threw one shovelful of earth out of the hole, two were thrown in by invisible hands.