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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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The portions would have filled horse bellies, never mind human, because even the lasagne and broccoli baKe came with shovelfuls of chips.
It was a bit like filling a swimming pool with an eyedropper, but the few shovelfuls of sand tossed into one of Eugene's downtown pits Friday marked the end of a hole and the beginning of a building.
After spending the winter indoors, because it was too ghastly to even consider going outside for one extra minute after shoveling all those unbelievable shovelfuls of snow from your driveway so you could move your car at least a couple of meters closer to work .
AaThose gathered closest to the grave threw flowers over the coffin whilst the anthem was being sung by the crowd and the final shovelfuls of earth were added.
I did have an easy two or three days at one time riding on the back of a gritting vehicle and throwing out a few shovelfuls of sand and salt at appropriate spots.
President Leonel Fernandez and IKEA president Anders Dahlvig, put their shoulders into the first shovelfuls of dirt at the official launch of the construction phase of the US$63 million investment.
In return for its rumored $2 million advance, it includes shovelfuls of hot fresh dirt, tucked among the standard (and amazingly detailed) iconic fare.
We are no longer talking about shovelfuls of dirt on the coffin of computer-enforced copying restrictions; that sound you hear is the beep-beep-beep of the dump truck backing up to the grave site.
3 -- color) The first shovelfuls of dirt are tossed as construction of a Lowe's home improvement center at 10th Street West and Avenue K in Lancaster officially gets under way Wednesday.
To speed up decomposition in a new pile, add a few shovelfuls of old compost, which already contains bacteria and fungi.
In May, the garden was plugged with shovelfuls of soil with plants from the Cajun Prairie Restoration Project in Eunice.
They poured shovelfuls of dirt into holes thrown up by the horses' hooves in the famous Smith's Lawn where Prince Charles has played many times.