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English definition of “shovel”


noun [C]     /ˈʃʌv.əl/
C2 a tool consisting of a wide, square metal or plastic blade, usually with slightly raised sides, fixed to a handle, for moving loose material such as sand, coal, or snowToolsGardening tools a similar part on a large machine, for picking up and holding loose materialMachine parts (also shovelful) the amount of something that can fit on a shovel: Should I put another shovelful of coal on the fire?Informal measurements of volumeMeasurements of volume
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