I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scofl; akin to Old High German scūfla shovel, Old English scūfan to thrust away Date: before 12th century 1. a. a hand implement consisting of a broad scoop or a more or less hollowed out blade with a handle used to lift and throw material b. something that resembles a shovel c. an excavating machine; especially a hydraulic diesel-engine driven power shovel 2. shovelful II. verb (-eled or -elled; -eling or shovelling) Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to take up and throw with a shovel 2. to dig or clean out with a shovel 3. to throw or convey roughly or in a mass as if with a shovel <
shoveled his food into his mouth
intransitive verb to use a shovel

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  • shovel — [shuv′əl] n. [ME schovele < OE scofl < base of scufan: see SHOVE] 1. a) a tool with a broad, deep scoop or blade and a long handle: used in lifting and moving loose material, as earth, snow, gravel, etc. b) any machine equipped with a… …   English World dictionary

  • Shovel — Shov el, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shoveled}or {Shovelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shoveling} or {Shovelling}.] 1. To take up and throw with a shovel; as, to shovel earth into a heap, or into a cart, or out of a pit. [1913 Webster] 2. To gather up as with a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shovel — Shov el, n. [OE. shovele, schovele, AS. scoft, sceoft; akin to D. schoffel, G. schaufel, OHG. sc?vala, Dan. skovl, Sw. skofvel, skyffel, and to E. shove. [root]160. See {Shove}, v. t.] An implement consisting of a broad scoop, or more or less… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shovel — ► NOUN ▪ a tool resembling a spade with a broad blade and upturned sides, used for moving coal, earth, snow, etc. ► VERB (shovelled, shovelling; US shoveled, shoveling) 1) move with a shovel. 2) (shovel down/in) inform …   English terms dictionary

  • shovel — O.E. scofl, sceofol, related to scufan (see SHOVE (Cf. 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 mid 15c. Shovel ready …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shovel — (spr. Schowwel), Sir Cloudesley S., geb. 1650 in der Grafschaft Norfolk; wurde Schuhmacher, entfloh, nachdem er seinen Meister erschlagen hatte, u. ging als Schiffsjunge zur See, wurde 1674 Lieutenant u. von dem Commodore Sir John Narborgh an den …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • shovel — The verb has inflected forms shovelled, shovelling in BrE, and in AmE usually shoveled, shoveling …   Modern English usage

  • Shovel — For other uses, see Shovel (disambiguation). A man carrying shovels …   Wikipedia

  • shovel — /shuv euhl/, n., v., shoveled, shoveling or (esp. Brit.) shovelled, shovelling. n. 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 …   Universalium

  • shovel — [[t]ʃʌ̱v(ə)l[/t]] shovels, shovelling, shovelled (in AM, use shoveling, shoveled) 1) N COUNT A shovel is a tool with a long handle that is used for lifting and moving earth, coal, or snow. ...a coal shovel... She dug the foundation with a pick… …   English dictionary

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