- IPA: /ˈʃʌvəl/
shovel (plural shovels)
- A hand tool with 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 digging and incidental tasks such as chopping of small roots.
- (US) A spade.
- French: pelle, bêche
- German: Schaufel, Schüppe
- Italian: pala, badile, paletta
- Portuguese: pá
- Russian: совко́вая лопа́та
- Spanish: pala
shovel (shovels, present participle shoveling; past and past participle shoveled)
- To move materials with a shovel.
- The workers were shovelling gravel and tarmac into the pothole in the road.
- After the blizzard, we shoveled the driveway for the next two days.
- I don't mind shoveling, but using a pickaxe hurts my back terribly.
- (transitive, figuratively) To move with a shoveling motion.
- Already late for work, I shovelled breakfast into my mouth as fast as possible.
- French: peller
- German: schaufeln, schippen
- Italian: spalare
- Portuguese: palear, padejar
- Spanish: traspalar, palear