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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
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spade

[spād]
(design engineering)
A shovellike implement with a flat oblong blade; used for turning soil by pushing against the blade with the foot.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

SPADE

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I followed with the spade over my shoulder, dragging my snake.
`We'd been up to Russian Peter's, to borrow a spade for Ambrosch.'
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.
The gardener seemed even to have been conversing, but at sight of the detectives he planted his spade sullenly in a bed and, saying something about his breakfast, shifted along the lines of cabbages and shut himself in the kitchen.
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.
"I came out, honored lady," he resumed, much at his ease, "to house my spade, whereby I earn my living.
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.
This leading pedestrian was Car the Queen of Spades, who carried a wicker-basket containing her mother's groceries, her own draperies, and other purchases for the week.
The Queen of Spades forgot the stain on her bodice, and stood beside the Queen of Diamonds and the new-married, staggering young woman--all with a gaze of fixity in the direction in which the horse's tramp was diminishing into silence on the road.