1. a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle;
2. the quantity a shovel can hold;
[syn: shovel, shovelful, spadeful]
3. a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace;
4. a machine for excavating;
[syn: power shovel, excavator, digger, shovel]
1. dig with or as if with a shovel;
- Example: "shovel sand"
- Example: "he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shovel \Shov"el\, n. [OE. shovele, schovele, AS. scoft, sceoft; akin to D. schoffel, G. schaufel, OHG. sc?vala, Dan. skovl, Sw. skofvel, skyffel, and to E. shove. [root]160. See Shove, v. t.] An implement consisting of a broad scoop, or more or less hollow blade, with a handle, used for lifting and throwing earth, coal, grain, or other loose substances. [1913 Webster] Shovel hat, a broad-brimmed hat, turned up at the sides, and projecting in front like a shovel, -- worn by some clergy of the English Church. [Colloq.] Shovelspur (Zool.), a flat, horny process on the tarsus of some toads, -- used in burrowing. Steam shovel, a machine with a scoop or scoops, operated by a steam engine, for excavating earth, as in making railway cuttings. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shovel \Shov"el\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shoveledor Shovelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Shoveling or Shovelling.] 1. To take up and throw with a shovel; as, to shovel earth into a heap, or into a cart, or out of a pit. [1913 Webster] 2. To gather up as with a shovel. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
59 Moby Thesaurus words for "shovel": backhoe, bail, bar spade, bore, bucket, burrow, coal shovel, cup, decant, delve, dig, dig out, dike, dip, dish, dish out, dish up, dredge, drill, drive, excavate, fork, furrow, garden spade, gouge, gouge out, groove, grub, gumming spade, ladle, lower, loy, mine, peat spade, posthole spade, pour, power shovel, quarry, salt shovel, sap, scoop, scoop out, scoop shovel, scrabble, scrape, scratch, scuff, shamble, sink, spade, split shovel, spoon, spud, steam shovel, stump spud, trench, trenching spade, trough, tunnel