from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A shovellike utensil, usually having a deep curved dish and a short handle: a flour scoop.
  • n. The amount that such a utensil can hold.
  • n. A thick-handled cuplike utensil for dispensing balls of ice cream or other semisoft food, often having a sweeping band in the cup that is levered by the thumb to free the contents.
  • n. A portion of food gathered with this utensil.
  • n. A ladle; a dipper.
  • n. An implement for bailing water from a boat.
  • n. A narrow, spoon-shaped instrument for surgical extraction in cavities or cysts.
  • n. The bucket or shovel, as of a dredge or backhoe.
  • n. A hollow area; a cavity.
  • n. An opening, as on the body of a motor vehicle, by which a fluid is directed inward: "The [sports car] has . . . enough scoops and spoilers to get you a citation just standing still” ( Mark Weinstein).
  • n. A scooping movement or action.
  • n. Informal An exclusive news story acquired by luck or initiative before a competitor.
  • n. Informal Current information or details: What's the scoop on the new neighbors?
  • transitive v. To take up or dip into with or as if with a scoop.
  • transitive v. To hollow out by digging.
  • transitive v. To gather or collect swiftly and unceremoniously; grab: scoop up a handful of jelly beans.
  • transitive v. Informal To top or outmaneuver (a competitor) in acquiring and publishing an important news story.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any cup- or bowl-shaped tool, usually including a handle used to lift and move loose or soft solid material.
  • n. The amount or volume of loose or solid material held by a particular scoop.
  • n. A story or fact; especially, news learned and reported before anyone else.
  • n. An opening in a hood/bonnet or other body panel to admit air, usually for cooling the engine.
  • n. The digging attachment on a front-end loader.
  • n. A covered opening in an automobile's hood which allows cold air to enter the area beneath the hood.
  • n. A special "Spinal Board" called a "Scoop" or "Spinal scoop" used by EMS staff that divides laterally to literally scoop up patients.
  • v. To lift, move, or collect with a scoop or as though with a scoop.
  • v. To learn something, especially something worthy of a news article, before (someone else).
  • v. To begin a vocal note slightly below the target pitch and then to slide up to the target pitch, especially in country music.
  • v. To consume an alcoholic beverage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large ladle; a vessel with a long handle, used for dipping liquids; a utensil for bailing boats.
  • n. A deep shovel, or any similar implement for digging out and dipping or shoveling up anything.
  • n. A spoon-shaped instrument, used in extracting certain substances or foreign bodies.
  • n. A place hollowed out; a basinlike cavity; a hollow.
  • n. A sweep; a stroke; a swoop.
  • n. The act of scooping, or taking with a scoop or ladle; a motion with a scoop, as in dipping or shoveling.
  • n. a quantity sufficient to fill a scoop; -- used especially for ice cream, dispensed with an ice cream scoop.
  • n. an act of reporting (news, research results) before a rival; also called a beat.
  • n. news or information.
  • transitive v. To take out or up with, a scoop; to lade out.
  • transitive v. To empty by lading.
  • transitive v. To make hollow, as a scoop or dish; to excavate; to dig out; to form by digging or excavation.
  • transitive v. to report a story first, before (a rival); to get a scoop, or a beat, on (a rival); -- used commonly in the passive. Also used in certain situations in scientific research, when one scientist or team of scientists reports their results before another who is working on the same problem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take with or as with a scoop or a scoop-net: generally with out, up, or in: as, to scoop up water.
  • Figuratively, to gather up as if with a scoop; hence, to gain by force or fraud.
  • To empty as with a scoop or by lading; hence, to hollow out; excavate: commonly with out.
  • To form by hollowing out as with a scoop.
  • To take with a dredge, as oysters; dredge.
  • In newspaper slang, to get the better of (a rival or rivals) by securing and publishing a piece of news in advance of it or them; get a “beat” on. See scoop, n., 8.
  • To use a scoop; dredge, as for oysters.
  • To feed; take food, as the right or whalebone whale. See scooping, n.
  • n. A utensil like a shovel, but having a short handle and a deep hollow receptacle capable of holding various small articles.
  • n. Hence A coal-scuttle.
  • n. A basin-like cavity, natural or artificial; a hollow.
  • n. An instrument used in hollowing out anything, or in removing something out of a hollow or so as to leave a hollow: as, a cheese-scoop.
  • n. The vizor or peak of a cap.
  • n. A big haul, as if in a scoop-net; in particular, a big haul of money made in speculation or in some similar way.
  • n. The act of scooping; a movement analogous to the act of scooping.
  • n. The securing and publishing by a newspaper of a piece of news in advance of its rivals; a “beat,” especially a “beat” of unusual success or importance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large ladle
  • v. get the better of
  • v. take out or up with or as if with a scoop
  • n. street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate
  • n. a hollow concave shape made by removing something
  • n. the quantity a scoop will hold
  • n. the shovel or bucket of a dredge or backhoe
  • n. a news report that is reported first by one news organization


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English scope, from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German schōpe, bucket for bailing water.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Related to shovel. Compare Dutch schop ("spade").



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