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1. an instrument for lifting or scooping loose material, such as earth, coal, etc., consisting of a curved blade or a scoop attached to a handle
2. any machine or part resembling a shovel in action

What does it mean when you dream about a shovel?

A dream about shoveling often represents self-reflection and digging into our own past. Alternatively, maybe we want to bury something. (See also Digging).


(design engineering)
A hand tool having a flattened scoop at the end of a long handle for moving soil, aggregate, cement, or other similar material.
(mechanical engineering)
A mechanical excavator.

power shovel

power shovel
1. A power-operated machine used to excavate and load dirt, rock, or debris by means of an open-ended bucket at the end of an arm which is suspended from a boom; cables or hydraulic rams force the arm (and therefore the bucket) forward and upward, into the material; then the bucket is raised and its load is dumped.
2. A machine having a scoop or bucket for digging up or removing loose material.
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Many other college employees and students joined thousands of community volunteers in the labor of filling bags one shovelful at a time.
Sara slowly and methodically dug up a shovelful of sand and poured it into her pail, and then another shovelful, and then another.
Two or three times during the layering process, I throw on a shovelful of finished compost.
So in a private act of defiance I added a discreet shovelful of the expensive sunflower seeds into my bag of cheap ordinary mixture, shook it up a bit so they didn't show and took it to the pay desk hoping I wasn't going to be found out and faced with another crosspatch.
Starting at the bottom, the kicker would pull out a shovelful and pass it to his assistant to scoop into a sand bag.
Doggedly digging and delving, scooping a shovelful of psyche, he has reached the inner soul of Frank, not to mention the inner soles of Frank's shoes.
If the project is approved, it would probably take at least 1 1/2 years for the first shovelful of dirt to be turned.
Once you have a shovelful, grasp the shovel with one hand as close to the blade as possible, with the other hand positioned about three-quarters of the way up the handle.
The first shovelful of cash is being thrown towards ensuring a Sudbury-based mining research centre of excellence becomes reality.
In fact, this 40-year-old president of Williams Research in San Diego likens herself to the mule in the story about the mule that fell into a deep hole and was being buried one shovelful of dirt at a time.
The Nama of the Richtersveld hit paydirt without turning a shovelful of soil and then, after the Constitutional Court ruling, went out and danced on it for three days.
Who gave the speeches, who threw the ceremonial first shovelful of soil, did a local band play?