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shovelnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈʃʌv.əl/
C2 a ​tool consisting of a ​wide, ​squaremetal or ​plasticblade, usually with ​slightlyraisedsides, ​attached to a ​handle, for ​movingloosematerial such as ​sand, ​coal, or ​snow a ​similarpart on a ​largemachine, for ​picking up and ​holdingloosematerial (also shovelful ) the ​amount of something that can ​fit on a shovel: Should I put another shovelful ofcoal on the ​fire?

shovelverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈʃʌv.əl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)
(Definition of shovel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shovelnoun [C]

 us   /ˈʃʌv·əl/
a ​tool consisting of a ​widebladeattached to a ​longhandle, used for ​digging up or ​movingloosematerial, such as ​earth or ​snow
shovel
verb [T]  us   /ˈʃʌv·əl/
Sally is ​outside shoveling ​snow away from the ​driveway.
(Definition of shovel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shovel”
in Korean 삽…
in Arabic رَفش…
in Malaysian penyodok…
in French pelle…
in Russian лопата…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鏟, (大機器的)鏟鬥, 一鏟(的量)…
in Italian pala, badile…
in Turkish kürek…
in Polish łopata, szufla…
in Spanish pala…
in Vietnamese cái xẻng…
in Portuguese pá…
in Thai พลั่ว…
in German die Schaufel…
in Catalan pala…
in Japanese シャベル, ショベル…
in Chinese (Simplified) 铲, (大机器的)铲斗, 一铲(的量)…
in Indonesian sekop…
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