- The definition of a shovel is a tool that has a long handle and a broad pan used to lift and move things.
An example of a shovel is a tool with which to dig dirt.
- Shovel is defined as to lift and move with a shovel.
An example of shovel is to dig in the sand.
shovel definition by Webster's New World
- a tool with a broad, deep scoop or blade and a long handle: used in lifting and moving loose material, as earth, snow, gravel, etc.
- any machine equipped with a shovel-like device: a steam shovel
Origin: Middle English schovele ; from Old English scofl ; from base of scufan: see shove
- to lift and move with a shovel
- to clean or dig out (a path, etc.) with a shovel
- to put or throw, in large quantities: to shovel food into one's mouth
shovel definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A tool with a handle and a broad scoop or blade for digging and moving material, such as dirt or snow.
- A large mechanical device or vehicle for heavy digging or excavation.
- The amount that a shovel can hold; a shovelful: One shovel of dirt.
- To move or remove with a shovel.
- To make with a shovel: shoveled a path through the snow.
- To convey or throw in a rough or hasty way, as if with a shovel: He shoveled the food into his mouth.
- To clear or excavate with or as if with a shovel: shoveling off the driveway after the snowstorm; shovels out the hall closet once a year.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English scofl.
left: ergonomic snow shovel
right: D-handle round point shovel