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Definition of "shovelful" []

  • The amount that a shovel can hold. (noun)

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 "shovelful" in a sentence
  • "The number of self-proclaimed experts on the internet only proves the point that one should take advice with a "shovelful" of salt."
  • "Twenty cents, thirty cents, fifty cents, sixty cents, were the values of the gold found in the pans, and at nightfall he washed his banner pan, which gave him a dollar's worth of gold-dust from a shovelful of dirt."
  • "Where the side-hill touched the water he dug up a shovelful of dirt and put it into the gold-pan."