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Meaning of shovel

shov•el

Pronunciation: (shuv'ul), [key]
— n., v., -eled, -el•ing -elled, -el•ling.
—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. any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter: a steam shovel.
  3. a shovelful.
  4. See
—v.t.
  1. to take up and cast or remove with a shovel: to shovel coal.
  2. to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel: He shoveled food into his mouth.
  3. to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel: to shovel a path through the snow.
—v.i.
  1. to work with a shovel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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