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Definition of "shovel" []

  • A tool with a handle and a broad scoop or blade for digging and moving material, such as dirt or snow. (noun)
  • A large mechanical device or vehicle for heavy digging or excavation. (noun)
  • The amount that a shovel can hold; a shovelful: One shovel of dirt. (noun)
  • To move or remove with a shovel. (verb-transitive)
  • To make with a shovel: shoveled a path through the snow. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shovel" in a sentence
  • "But a spokesperson for the department tells us they don't officially use the term shovel-ready."
  • "The Department of Transportation does not officially use the term shovel-ready, but a spokesperson at the department says get ready for construction projects at a town near you."
  • "When you hear the term shovel-ready, what do you think?"