shovel


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shovel

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
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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).

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shovel

[′shəv·əl]
(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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References in classic literature ?
The soil was soft and he threw aside the pick and grasped a shovel; then the others joined him.
The rat-faced one now called to the men who had remained at the boat, and they came slowly up the bank carrying picks and shovels.
"Rotten quartz," was his conclusion as, with the shovel, he cleared the bottom of the hole of loose dirt.
Not satisfied with this, he panned three times again, taking his shovels of dirt within a foot of one another.
"And when God Almighty washes Daylight's soul out on the last big slucin' day," MacDonald interrupted, "why, God Almighty'll have to shovel gravel along with him into the sluice-boxes."
They pried off the lid with their shovels, got out the body and dumped it rudely on the ground.
A study published last year suggests that people who are at high risk for heart disease or who already have it should not shovel snow.
The low frequency of Carabelli's trait and high frequency of shovel incisors has been regarded as strong ethnic indicator for the mongoloid populations19 while the present study showed opposite results, all three ethnic groups exhibited high frequency of cusp of Carabelli and comparatively low percentage of shoveling.