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shovel

[shuhv-uh l] /ˈʃʌv əl/
noun
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.
4.
Informal. shovel hat.
verb (used with object), shoveled, shoveling or (especially British) shovelled, shovelling.
5.
to take up and cast or remove with a shovel:
to shovel coal.
6.
to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel:
He shoveled food into his mouth.
7.
to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel:
to shovel a path through the snow.
verb (used without object), shoveled, shoveling or (especially British) shovelled, shovelling.
8.
to work with a shovel.
Origin of shovel
900
before 900; Middle English schovel, Old English scofl; cognate with Dutch schoffel hoe; akin to German Schaufel shovel
Related forms
unshoveled, adjective
unshovelled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for shoveled
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  • That meant both piles of manganese that lay on the gallery next the crane were to be shoveled in—double time for us, in the heat.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • The sand, of course, has to be shoveled from the tank and this will cost about 10 cts.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • They come off in great slabs, free of any stain; they can be shoveled up, as it were, with a paper scoop.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The concrete was shoveled from the platforms to place and rammed.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • Then comes the cement; and these two must be shoveled together several times.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • And the men took shovels and shoveled 121the stuff into the wagon in no time.

    The Doers William John Hopkins
  • The materials were shoveled from this pile into the concrete mixing machine without any attempt at hand mixing on the street.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • If I had shoveled in a ditch twice that long I could have felt no more exhausted.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for shoveled

shovel

/ˈʃʌvəl/
noun
1.
an instrument for lifting or scooping loose material, such as earth, coal, etc, consisting of a curved blade or a scoop attached to a handle
2.
any machine or part resembling a shovel in action
3.
Also called shovelful. the amount that can be contained in a shovel
4.
short for shovel hat
verb -els, -elling, -elled (US) -els, -eling, -eled
5.
to lift (earth, etc) with a shovel
6.
(transitive) to clear or dig (a path) with or as if with a shovel
7.
(transitive) to gather, load, or unload in a hurried or careless way: he shovelled the food into his mouth and rushed away
Derived Forms
shoveller, (US) shoveler, noun
Word Origin
Old English scofl; related to Old High German scūfla shovel, Dutch schoffel hoe; see shove
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Word Origin and History for shoveled

shovel

n.

Old English scofl, sceofol "shovel," related to scufan (see shove (v.)), from Proto-Germanic *skublo (cf. Old Saxon skufla, Swedish skovel, Middle Low German schufle, Middle Dutch shuffel, Dutch schoffel, Old High German scuvala, German Schaufel). Shovel-ready, with reference to construction projects, is attested by 2006.

v.

mid-15c., from shovel (n.). Related: Shoveled; shoveling. Cf. German schaufeln, verb from noun.

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