• SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley
    SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shovel dig with or as if with a shovel "shovel sand","he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long"
    • n shovel a machine for excavating
    • n shovel a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
    • n shovel a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
    • n shovel the quantity a shovel can hold
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the early days of modern theater, artificial lighting was produced by throwing pollen grains of the club moss which is highly flammable when placed on a hot surface onto a hot shovel.
    • n Shovel 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.
    • Shovel To gather up as with a shovel.
    • Shovel To take up and throw with a shovel; as, to shovel earth into a heap, or into a cart, or out of a pit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shovel 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. The most common form of shovel is that used for removing loose earth, coal, or the like; it is made of thin iron, the blade square and flat, with low sides nearly at right angles with it, and a wooden handle somewhat curved, about two feet six inches in length, and terminating in a bow-handle. See fire-shovel.
    • n shovel A shovel-hat.
    • n shovel In zoology, a formation suggesting a shovel. See cuts under paddle-fish and shoveler.
    • n shovel See the quotation.
    • shovel To take up and move with a shovel.
    • shovel To move or throw in large quantities, hastily and clumsily, as if with a shovel: as, to shovel food into the mouth with a knife.
    • shovel To cover up with earth by means of a spade or shovel.
    • shovel To use a shovel: as, to shovel for one's living.
    • n shovel Same as shoveler.
    • shovel An obsolete form of shuffle.
    • n shovel 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shovel shuv′l an instrument consisting of a broad blade or scoop with a handle, used for lifting loose substances
    • v.t Shovel to lift up and throw with a shovel: to gather in large quantities
    • v.i Shovel to use a shovel:—pr.p. shov′elling; pa.t. and pa.p. shov′elled
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “The only man who makes money following the races is one who does it with a broom and shovel.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “Enough shovels of earth -- a mountain. Enough pails of water -- a river.”
  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller
    “Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
    “Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.”
  • J. A. Dever
    J. A. Dever
    “Drop the hammer and pick up the shovel.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shovele, schovele, AS. scoft, sceoft,; akin to D. schoffel, G. schaufel, OHG. scvala, Dan. skovl, Sw. skofvel, skyffel, and to E. shove,. √160. See Shove (v. t.)


In literature:

Before long the cheerful scraping of the wooden shovel against the pavement restored his good humor.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
Dick leaped at the white wall beyond and began plying his shovel vigorously.
"The Grammar School Boys Snowbound" by H. Irving Hancock
His shovel struck hard against the boiler front.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
I make my home wherever I happen to drop my pick and shovel.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
A flat roof was made of planks, with snow shoveled upon them and tramped down.
"The Corner House Girls at School" by Grace Brooks Hill
It's a pity we didn't bring the shovel.
"The Gold Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Fortunately among the "implements," were two good spades, a shovel, and a pick-axe, and all of them could be busy at the same time.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
All the shovels except a couple were quickly dropped, and the weapons were seized by those who were expected to do the fighting.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Another shovelful of gravelly sand was raised and placed in the second bowl.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
He was apparently disinclined to shovel out the rest, an excusable laziness, for the day was very hot.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham

In poetry:

As I crossed the wooden bridge I wondered
As I looked into the drain
If ever a summer morning should find me
Shovelling up eels again.
"On An Apple-Ripe September Morning" by Patrick Kavanagh
The Shovel blushed as she answered,
"I thank you kindly, Mister,
But my promise belongs to the faithful Tongs,
So I only can be your sister."
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
We stand unbroken in our places,
Our shovels dare to take no rest,
For not in vain his golden treasure
God buried deep in earth's dark breast.
"The Songs Of Siberian Exiles" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
Then shovel on and do not falter,
Humble and hopeful, clear we see--
When Russia has grown rich and mighty,
Our grandchildren will grateful be!
"The Songs Of Siberian Exiles" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
One day,--it was June,
And a year ago, jest--
This Dow kem at noon
To his work like the rest,
With a shovel and pick on his shoulder, and derringer hid in his
"Dow's Flat" by Francis Bret Harte
The engine with murderous blood was damp
And was brilliantly lit with a brimstone lamp;
An imp, for fuel, was shoveling bones,
While the furnace rang with a thousand groans.
"Hellbound Train" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Snow-weary Cordova expects more shovels by weekend.
2011 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards: Recognizing Individual States for Excellence in Economic Development and Job Creation .
As 15 Crowder College administrators and board members dug their shovels into the dirt Thursday afternoon, one man stood in the middle of the group, holding his shovel and smiling proudly.
He said he plans to help shovel snow from sidewalks at about 10 houses today.
Prince George's detective stops shovel attack mid-swing.
You want to dig a garden, you need a shovel.
Molecatcher Jerome Dormion uses a shovel in the park of the Chateau de Versailles, west of Paris.
Selling the Miners Their Shovels.
Jamie, hotel worker, of Fairmont Chateau Hotel shovels a snow between the hotel and a gateway to the Lake Louise early morning in Lake Louise, Alberta on November 24, 2012.
The dueling desires of the stimulus package -- sustainability and shovel-ready - give public works operations very little opportunity to deploy innovative products or processes.
WATCHING political conventions from gavel to gavel is like shoveling down platefuls of peas for many Americans.
Suspect in Fla. Student's disappearance bought a shovel and duct tape, police say.
Suspect in Fla. Student's disappearance bought a shovel and duct tape , police say.
Suspect in UF student disappearance bought shovel, duct tape .
Expect to see a few more snowflakes throughout the day, but nothing worthy of bringing out the shovel.