American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To push forward or along.
- v. To push rudely or roughly. See Synonyms at push.
- v. To push someone or something with force.
- n. The act of shoving; a push.
- shove off To push (a boat) away from shore in leaving.
- shove off Informal To leave.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To press or push along by the direct application of strength continuously exerted; particularly, to push (something) so as to make it slide or move along the surface of another body, either by the hand or by an instrument: as, to shove a table along the floor; to shove a boat into the water.
- To prop; support.
- To push roughly or without ceremony; press against; jostle.
- To push; bring into prominence.
- Synonyms To push, propel, drive. See thrust.
- To press or push forward; push; drive; move along.
- To move in a boat by pushing with a pole or oar which reaches to the bottom of the water or to the shore: often with off or from.
- To germinate; shoot: also, to cast the first teeth.
- n. The act of shoving, pushing, or pressing by strength continuously exerted; a strong push, generally along or as if along a surface.
- n. The central woody part of the stem of flax or hemp; the boon.
- n. A forward movement of packed and piled ice; especially, such a movement in the St. Lawrence river at Montreal, caused in the early winter by the descent of the ground-ice from the Lachine Rapids above, which, on reaching the islands below the city, is packed, thus forming a dam. The body of water formed by the dam bursts the crust of ice on its surface, and the current shoves or pushes the ice in great cakes or blocks, forming in some places masses over 30 feet high. In the spring the shove is caused by the breaking or honey-combing of the ice by the heat of the sun and the pressure of the ice brought from Lake St. Louis by the current.
- n. In billiards, the more common designation of the push. Degrees of strength have also given it other names. When it was foul in America to push so gently as to control the balls, the strenuous stroke was called Bowery in New York city, Germantown in Philadelphia, and timber-lick in the West.
- v. To push, especially roughly or with force
- v. poker, by ellipsis To make an all-in bet.
- v. slang To pass (counterfeit money).
- n. A rough push.
- n. poker slang An all-in bet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To drive along by the direct and continuous application of strength; to push; especially, to push (a body) so as to make it move along the surface of another body
- v. To push along, aside, or away, in a careless or rude manner; to jostle.
- v. To push or drive forward; to move onward by pushing or jostling.
- v. To move off or along by an act pushing, as with an oar a pole used by one in a boat; sometimes with
- n. The act of shoving; a forcible push.
- p. p. of shove.
- v. press or force
- v. push roughly
- n. the act of shoving (giving a push to someone or something)
- v. come into rough contact with while moving
- Old English scūfan, from Proto-Germanic *skeubanan (compare West Frisian skowe, Dutch schuiven, German schieben), from Proto-Indo-European *skeubʰ- (compare Lithuanian skùbti ‘to hurry’, Polish skubać ‘to pluck’, Albanian humb ‘to lose’). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English shoven, from Old English scūfan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If doing X (or not doing X) will result in death or a disaster, a shove is appropriate.”
“He turned up at that moment, and frankly gloated over the success of what he called shove the seventh, and twist the first.”
“What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favorite album?”
“When considering whether a nudge or shove is appropriate, it would seem a more basic question needs to be addressed.”
“The "train" contained a super-chilled magnet and it was propelled by a shove from the demo-guy.”
“This kind of violence has always been instigated with a hard shove from the economic royalists, who would rather have the lower classes killing each other on the courthouse lawns rather than going inside the courthouses to challenge the structural inequalities they find so profitable.”
“Garza says the message would be, "Shove it," as in shove it down the throats of the hitters.”
“A child stands before the ball, and then a park guide gives it a shove from a specific angle, so that it comes careering back at the child's face only to stop just in front of it.”
“I don’t even understand why this issue of why a nudge might be preferred to a shove is a slightly difficult one.”
“So, that the interests that we want to protect are that of a third-party hardly would hardly be conclusive as to whether a nudge or a shove should be the favored approach.”
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