['ʃʌv(ə)l] or ['ʃʌvl]


(noun.) a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle.

(noun.) a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace.

(noun.) the quantity a shovel can hold.

(verb.) dig with or as if with a shovel; 'shovel sand'; 'he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long'.

Edited by Adrian--From WordNet


(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.

(v. t.) To take up and throw with a shovel; as, to shovel earth into a heap, or into a cart, or out of a pit.

(v. t.) To gather up as with a shovel.

Checker: Max


n. an instrument consisting of a broad blade or scoop with a handle used for lifting loose substances.—v.t. to lift up and throw with a shovel: to gather in large quantities.—v.i. to use a shovel:—pr.p. shov′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. shov′elled.—ns. Shov′el-board Shove′-groat Shuff′le-board a game in which a piece of money or metal is driven with the hand toward a mark on a board: the board used in the game; Shov′elful as much as a shovel will hold:—pl. Shov′elfuls; Shov′el-hat a hat with a broad brim turned up at the sides and projecting in front—affected by Anglican clergy; Shov′el-head the bonnet-headed shark: the shovel-headed sturgeon; Shov′eller one who shovels: a genus of ducks with mandibles very broad at the end; Shov′el-nose a sturgeon with broad depressed shovel-shaped snout.

Edited by Hugh

Unserious Contents or Definition

To see a shovel in a dream, signifies laborious but withal pleasant work will be undertaken. A broken or old one, implies frustration of hopes.

Checked by Gerald


Inputed by Hodge


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