shovelboard

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shovelboard a game in which players use long sticks to shove wooden disks onto the scoring area marked on a smooth surface
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Shovelboard A board on which a game is played, by pushing or driving pieces of metal or money to reach certain marks; also, the game itself. Called also shuffleboard shoveboard shovegroat shovelpenny.
    • Shovelboard A game played on board ship in which the aim is to shove or drive with a cue wooden disks into divisions chalked on the deck; -- called also shuffleboard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shovelboard A game in which the players shove or drive by blows of the hand pieces of money or counters toward certain marks, compartments, or lines marked on a table. As the game is played in recent times, the players strive to shove the counters beyond a certain line and as near the end of the table as possible, without shoving them entirely off. Formerly also shoveboard, and (because often played with silver pieces), shove-groat, slide-groat, shovel-penny, or shove-halfenny.
    • n shovelboard The table or board on which the game of shovel-board is played; also, the groat, shilling, or other coin used in the game.
    • n shovelboard A game played on shipboard by pushing wooden or iron disks with a crutch-shaped mace or cue so that they may rest on one of the squares of a diagram of nine numbered squares chalked on the deck.
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Usage

In literature:

To my mind shovelboard is innocent; I have permitted my men to play it.
"A Pilgrim Maid" by Marion Ames Taggart
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