power shovel

  1. 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

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How to use power shovel in a sentence

  • The next time he went into Mallorysport, he decided, he was going to shop around for a good power-shovel.

    Little Fuzzy | Henry Beam Piper
  • Dave Questell's construction crew began at once on the water tank, using a power shovel to dig the foundation.

    Naudsonce | H. Beam Piper