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shovel

[shuhv-uh l] /ˈʃʌv əl/
noun
1.
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.
2.
any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter:
a steam shovel.
3.
4.
Informal. shovel hat.
verb (used with object), shoveled, shoveling or (especially British) shovelled, shovelling.
5.
to take up and cast or remove with a shovel:
to shovel coal.
6.
to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel:
He shoveled food into his mouth.
7.
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.
8.
to work with a shovel.
Origin of shovel
900
before 900; Middle English schovel, Old English scofl; cognate with Dutch schoffel hoe; akin to German Schaufel shovel
Related forms
unshoveled, adjective
unshovelled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for shoveling
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  • There is an interior stairway leading to the roof, which is necessary for repairing the roof or shoveling off snow.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • The two men were busy for a long while, shoveling away the sand.

  • Men were already clearing the streets, and shoveling the refuse from the stores.

    Hester's Counterpart Jean K. Baird
  • Uncle Eb had to do a lot of shoveling to get out of doors and into the stable.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • They worked on for a few minutes longer, then Charley threw down the board with which he had been shoveling.

British Dictionary definitions for shoveling

shovel

/ˈʃʌvəl/
noun
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
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
5.
to lift (earth, etc) with a shovel
6.
(transitive) to clear or dig (a path) with or as if with a shovel
7.
(transitive) to gather, load, or unload in a hurried or careless way: he shovelled the food into his mouth and rushed away
Derived Forms
shoveller, (US) shoveler, noun
Word Origin
Old English scofl; related to Old High German scūfla shovel, Dutch schoffel hoe; see shove
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Word Origin and History for shoveling

shovel

n.

Old English scofl, sceofol "shovel," related to scufan (see shove (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *skublo (cf. Old Saxon skufla, Swedish skovel, Middle Low German schufle, Middle Dutch shuffel, Dutch schoffel, Old High German scuvala, German Schaufel). Shovel-ready, with reference to construction projects, is attested by 2006.

v.

mid-15c., from shovel (n.). Related: Shoveled; shoveling. Cf. German schaufeln, verb from noun.

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