['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.
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.
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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.
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- You didn't think your Cap'n was a-goin' to dig with a shovel, did you? Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- The steam-shovel did not discriminate, but picked up handily single pieces weighing five or six tons and loaded them on the skips with quantities of smaller lumps. Frank Lewis Dyer. Edison, His Life and Inventions.
- Mr. Sykes now addressed Mr. Helstone, who stood on the hearth, his shovel-hat on his head, watching him significantly with his little, keen eyes. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- It is the right-hand parlour, into which an aspiring kitchen fireplace appears to have walked, accompanied by a rebellious poker, tongs, and shovel. Charles Dickens. The Pickwick Papers.
- Helstone lifted his shovel-hat. Charlotte Bronte. Shirley.
- The Reverend Bute Crawley was a tall, stately, jolly, shovel-hatted man, far more popular in his county than the Baronet his brother. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- If he could have got a shovel hat he would have worn it. William Makepeace Thackeray. Vanity Fair.
- The rat-faced one now called to the men who had remained at the boat, and they came slowly up the bank carrying picks and shovels. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- Still, they had not come upon Flintwinch yet; so the sturdy digging and shovelling and carrying away went on without intermission by night and by day. Charles Dickens. Little Dorrit.
- Now, it's too late for me to begin shovelling and sifting at alphabeds and grammar-books. Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend.
- Earth was shovelled in and tramped down about the chest until the bottom of the grave showed level and uniform. Edgar Rice Burroughs. Tarzan of the Apes.
- They laid him in; and the men shovelled away, silently. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Uncle Tom's Cabin.
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