an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter: a steam shovel.
Informal. shovel hat.
verb (used with object), shoveled, shoveling or (especially British) shovelled, shovelling.
to take up and cast or remove with a shovel: to shovel coal.
to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel: He shoveled food into his mouth.
to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel: to shovel a path through the snow.
verb (used without object), shoveled, shoveling or (especially British) shovelled, shovelling.
to work with a shovel.

before 900; Middle English schovel, Old English scofl; cognate with Dutch schoffel hoe; akin to German Schaufel shovel

unshoveled, adjective
unshovelled, adjective Unabridged
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shovel (ˈʃʌvəl)
1.  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.  any machine or part resembling a shovel in action
3.  Also called: shovelful the amount that can be contained in a shovel
4.  short for shovel hat
vb , -els, -elling, -elled, -els, -eling, -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]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. scofl, sceofol, related to scufan (see shove), from P.Gmc. *skublo (cf. O.S. skufla, Swed. skovel, M.L.G. schufle, M.Du. shuffel, Du. schoffel, O.H.G. scuvala, Ger. Schaufel). The verb is attested from c.1440. Shovel-ready, with ref. to construction projects, is attested by 2006.
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Example sentences
But their culture is such that they don't think about picking up a shovel and
  digging-it's demeaning.
Pour or shovel in remaining lava stone around pipe to hold it in place.
Push the shovel down into the mound or next to the hole all the way.
Then use a shovel and carefully dig a deep, two foot margin all sides of the
  plant, as the spuds are known to spread.
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