the amount that can be dug out with or carried on a spade.
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How to use spadeful in a sentence
After dinner we dug a small hole in the floor of the outer tent, in which we placed a spadeful of red-hot embers from the fire.Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees
There would be no getting used to it, every moment, every hour, that passed would but put another spadeful of earth on his coffin.The Angel of Pain | E. F. Benson
Yesterday a spadeful of diamonds dumped upon a velvet cloth was only a spadeful of diamonds to him, and it was nothing more.What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
"I can see roses in that, miss," said the gardener, turning up a deep spadeful for her inspection.The Incendiary | W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
I cant budge a spadeful of this hard ground, Betty, complained Ruth, as her companion joined her.Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp | Lillian Elizabeth Roy