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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
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Spectators at the ground-breaking can first watch university officials use a ceremonial, gold, three-handled shovel to dig up the first spadeful of earth.
In 1817, the first spadeful of soil was turned to begin construction of the Erie Canal.
These two books could not be more different in their approaches to Jane Austen and her works: one takes an aerial photograph of the countryside, the other examines a spadeful of earth with an electron microscope.
Essentially, scheduling forces a builder to build the house on paper before turning the first spadeful of dirt Starting from the contract signing through every stage of the construction process until closing, the schedule lays out on paper what needs to be done.
In December 1971, I put on a hard hat and turned over the first spadeful of dirt at the ground-breaking ceremonies for the $13 million complex--355 apartments, 70 percent of them for moderate-income families and the rest for low-income families and the elderly.
as he turns over his first spadeful of soil, he decides he's not:
Bursts of colour come by the bucket and spadeful in each of the children's rooms, where the seaside really comes to life.
Dig planting holes at least 18 inches apart, and enrich each with a spadeful of additional compost mixed with a balanced organic fertilizer (follow application rates on the fertilizer label).
THIS last week or so we have noticed the contractors going around the streets filling some of the potholes - thus improving them for a short while- but it appears to be only the bigger and deeper holes having a spadeful of asphalt laid down and flattened down by a spade or a shovel.
Great ideas and gardening know-how will be on offer by the spadeful at this year's TEES VALLEY GARDEN SHOW, which runs from tomorrow until Monday at Stockton's Preston Park.
The start of the building work will be marked by the removal of a ceremonial first spadeful of earth by the young people involved in the project.