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[shuhv-uh l-foo l] /ˈʃʌv əlˌfʊl/
noun, plural shovelfuls.
the amount held by a shovel.
Origin of shovelful
1525-35; shovel + -ful
Usage note
See -ful. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Add a shovelful of dirt or finished compost to the tumbler.
  • Only a step away, a shovelful deeper, perhaps there is high rich count.
  • Typically, once things were going properly, a shovelful of coal had to be added every half hour.
  • With the last turning, shovel the entire sample into a conical pile by depositing each shovelful on top of the preceding one.
  • While turning the sample the last time, deposit each shovelful on top of the preceding one to form a conical pile.
  • Place each shovelful so that the material spills over the cone equally in all directions to mix the sample.
  • With a square point shovel obtain one shovelful of material near the top, middle and bottom of the stockpile.
  • Obtain a large shovelful of material by channeling up the length of the middle third of the slope.
  • The first shovelful of dirt is moved as the water project is kicked off.
Word Origin and History for shovelful

1530s, from shovel (n.) + -ful.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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