Associations to the word «Shovel»


SHOVEL, noun. A hand tool with a handle, used for moving portions of material such as earth, snow, and grain from one place to another, with some forms also used for digging. Not to be confused with a spade, which is designed solely for small-scale digging and incidental tasks such as chopping of small roots.
SHOVEL, noun. (US) A spade.
SHOVEL, verb. To move materials with a shovel.
SHOVEL, verb. (transitive) (figuratively) To move with a shoveling motion.
SHOVEL HAT, noun. A broad-brimmed hat, turned up at the sides and projecting in front like a shovel, formerly worn by some clergy of the Church of England.
SHOVEL HATS, noun. Plural of shovel hat
SHOVEL OUT, verb. (transitive) to remove something by shoveling or digging.
SHOVEL OUT, verb. (transitive) to remove something using a scooping movement.
SHOVEL READY, adjective. Alternative spelling of shovel-ready
SHOVEL TEST, noun. (archaeology) An excavation unit of small extent and shallow depth, made quickly with a shovel or trowel to determine whether archeologically significant material is present below the ground surface.
SHOVEL TEST, verb. (archaeology) To examine a site or area using one or more small excavation units.
SHOVEL TESTS, noun. Plural of shovel test

Dictionary definition

SHOVEL, noun. A hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle.
SHOVEL, noun. The quantity a shovel can hold.
SHOVEL, noun. A fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace.
SHOVEL, noun. A machine for excavating.
SHOVEL, verb. Dig with or as if with a shovel; "shovel sand"; "he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long".

Wise words

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