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power shovel

any self-propelled shovel for excavating earth, ore, or coal with a dipper that is powered by a diesel engine or electric motor.
Compare shovel (def 2).
Origin of power shovel
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dave Questell's construction crew began at once on the water tank, using a power shovel to dig the foundation.

    Naudsonce H. Beam Piper

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