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shovel

shov·el

shovel

 
pronunciation:
shuh vl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a large, long-handled scoop for digging or lifting heavy material such as earth, snow, or coal.
The gravediggers began work with their shovels.
 
definition 2: a mechanized vehicle fitted with such a scoop, used for digging, excavating, and the like.
The builders used a steam shovel to do the excavation.
 
definition 3: the quantity of material that can be held in such a scoop.
He heaved another shovel of coal into the furnace.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: shoveled, shoveling, shovels
definition 1: to lift and move with a shovel.
We'll shovel the ground over here and start our garden.
definition 2: to lift, move, or throw hastily, roughly, or in large quantities, as though with a shovel.
She was hungry and shoveled the food into her mouth.
definition 3: to excavate or clear with, or as if with, a shovel.
He shoveled his car out of the snowbank.
similar words:
dig, unearth
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to use a shovel.
The prisoners shoveled under the hot sun.
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