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spade

1
1. a tool for digging, typically consisting of a flat rectangular steel blade attached to a long wooden handle
2. 
a. an object or part resembling a spade in shape
b. (as modifier): a spade beard
3. a type of oar blade that is comparatively broad and short
4. a cutting tool for stripping the blubber from a whale or skin from a carcass

spade

2
a. the black symbol on a playing card resembling a heart-shaped leaf with a stem
b. a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl.) the suit of cards so marked, usually the highest ranking of the four

spade

[spād]
(design engineering)
A shovellike implement with a flat oblong blade; used for turning soil by pushing against the blade with the foot.

spade

A tool for digging and cutting the ground, having a rather thick blade, usually nearly flat, so formed that its terminal edge may be pressed into the ground with one foot while the handle is grasped.

SPADE

Specification Processing And Dependency Extraction. Specification language. G.S. Boddy, ICL Mainframes Div, FLAG/UD/3DR.003
References in classic literature ?
After having picked his way through the surface, Sam came to a bed of sand and gravel, which he threw briskly to right and left with the spade.
The doctor stood on the edge, reading formulae every now and then from his black-letter volume, or throwing more drugs and herbs upon the fire, while Wolfert bent anxiously over the pit, watching every stroke of the spade. Anyone witnessing the scene thus lighted up by fire, lantern, and the reflection of Wolfert's red mantle, might have mistaken the little doctor for some foul magician, busied in his incantations, and the grizzly- headed negro for some swart goblin obedient to his commands.
At length the spade of the fisherman struck upon something that sounded hollow.
Therefore, I say, let us get our warrant and our spade and our hatchet, and go up and break open that coffin."
Nevertheless they had obeyed him like automata; for Craven found a hatchet in his hand, and the warrant in his pocket; Flambeau was carrying the heavy spade of the strange gardener; Father Brown was carrying the little gilt book from which had been torn the name of God.
But by the time Inspector Craven had come to the corner of the grave, and Flambeau had planted his spade point downwards and leaned on it, they were both almost as shaken as the shaky wood and wire.
Flambeau drove the blade of his spade through the whistling grass into the wet clay below.
He handled it and leaned on it in a way that showed how much more familiar it was to him than that new spade he was so anxious about.
As we rode away with the spade, Antonia suggested that we stop at the prairie-dog-town and dig into one of the holes.
I ran up and drove at his head with my spade, struck him fairly across the neck, and in a minute he was all about my feet in wavy loops.
I took a long piece of string from my pocket, and she lifted his head with the spade while I tied a noose around it.
"Because," said the Man Leaning on a Spade, "I belong to the Gravediggers' National Extortion Society, and we have decided to limit the production of graves and get more money for the reduced output.