from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A tool with a handle and a broad scoop or blade for digging and moving material, such as dirt or snow.
- noun A large mechanical device or vehicle for heavy digging or excavation.
- noun The amount that a shovel can hold; a shovelful.
- intransitive verb To move or remove with a shovel.
- intransitive verb To make with a shovel.
- intransitive verb To convey or throw in a rough or hasty way, as if with a shovel.
- intransitive verb To clear or excavate with or as if with a shovel.
- intransitive verb To dig or work with a shovel.
from The Century Dictionary.
- An obsolete form of
- noun Same as
- To take up and move with a shovel.
- To move or throw in large quantities, hastily and clumsily, as if with a shovel: as, to
shovelfood into the mouth with a knife.
- To cover up with earth by means of a spade or shovel.
- To use a shovel: as, to
shovelfor one's living.
- noun The blade of any plow or cultivator exclusive of those having shares and mold-boards. Not only shovel-like blades but narrow vertical forms and horizontal scrapers are sometimes included. See
scalp, n., 7; scooter, 3; scrape, 7; and entries below.
- noun An instrument consisting of a broad scoop or concave blade with a handle, used for taking up and removing loose substances, as coal, sand, earth, gravel, corn, coin, etc.
- noun A shovel-hat.
- noun In zoology, a formation suggesting a shovel. See cuts under
- noun See the quotation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun An implement consisting of a broad scoop, or more or less hollow blade, with a handle, used for lifting and throwing earth, coal, grain, or other loose substances.
- noun [Colloq.] a broad-brimmed hat, turned up at the sides, and projecting in front like a shovel, -- worn by some clergy of the English Church.
- noun (Zoöl.) a flat, horny process on the tarsus of some toads, -- used in burrowing.
- noun a machine with a scoop or scoops, operated by a steam engine, for excavating earth, as in making railway cuttings.
- transitive verb To take up and throw with a shovel.
- transitive verb To gather up as with a shovel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
hand toolwith a handle, used for moving portions of material such as earth, snow, and grain from one place to another, with some forms also used for digging. Not to be confused with a spade, which is designed solely for small-scale diggingand incidental tasks such as chopping of small roots.
- noun US A
- verb To move materials with a shovel.
- verb transitive, figuratively To move with a shoveling motion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
- noun a machine for excavating
- verb dig with or as if with a shovel
- noun the quantity a shovel can hold
- noun a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
But a spokesperson for the department tells us they don't officially use the term shovel-ready.
When you hear the term shovel-ready, what do you think?
The Department of Transportation does not officially use the term shovel-ready, but a spokesperson at the department says get ready for construction projects at a town near you.
A lot of Obama people say, when you say that is, they didn't have what they call shovel-ready projects.
It is in Arnold’s office that I first heard the term shovel ready.
Buck nodded, and directly after the two men were hard at work, while whenever the sailor's spade, which he dubbed shovel, came in contact with a big loose stone, one or other of the keepers pounced upon it and bore it to the heap of earth and rubbish that began to grow where Buck emptied his basket.
It's what I call the shovel policy - everything I have, I give it to you for free on the Web site and charge you for print.
Otter says the wish list is made up of state projects that are what he refers to as shovel ready.
No, they have an annual hoedown (hoe as in shovel, rake, hoe, not “ho” as in strumpet) and celebrate the emasculation.
For tossing snow as far as possible, a light shovel is better.