from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A digging tool with a flat blade set at right angles to the handle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An agricultural tool whose blades are at right angles to the body, similar to a pickax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An implement for digging and grubbing. The head has two long steel blades, one like an adz and the other like a narrow ax or the point of a pickax.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An instrument for loosening the soil in digging, shaped like a pickax, but having its ends broad instead of pointed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle
[320-5] A mattock is a two-bladed instrument for digging.
A mattock is a digging tool that is used to break up soil so that you can shovel it easier.
These new arrivals from the continent renamed the landscape, towns, and many of the rivers in their own tongue so that only a handful of pre-Anglo Saxon British words-such as mattock, brock, bannock-remain in modern English.
Matthew needs to get to the bottom line of this Bushian toilet flush: all the American consumer ultimately needs is a mattock, an axe, some seed corn, and an iron pot.
Fred Phelps beat his wife and his children with his fists, a leather barber strap, or the wooden handle of a mattock, a tool like an ax.
A mattock and shovel lay by the verge of the grave.
“To Corri-nan-shian, Father,” answered the youth. — “Martin and Dan, take pickaxe and mattock, and follow me if you be men!”
Ravenswood found that the man of the last mattock was absent at a bridal, being fiddler as well as grave-digger to the vicinity.
Such trenches are ordinarily extremely deep; a man sweats, digs, toils all night — for it must be done at night; he wets his shirt, burns out his candle, breaks his mattock, and when he arrives at the bottom of the hole, when he lays his hand on the
“Give me your mattock and wait a couple of minutes for me.”