shovel

[shuhv-uhl]
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:
before 900; Middle English schovel, Old English scofl; cognate with Dutch schoffel hoe; akin to German Schaufel shovel

unshoveled, adjective
unshovelled, adjective
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shovel (ˈʃʌvəl)
 
n
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]
 
'shoveller
 
n
 
'shoveler
 
n

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Word Origin & History

shovel
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 for shovels
Pruning shears, shovels, and pickaxes are useful tools for this task.
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