Spade definition

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To dig or cut with or as with a spade.
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A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
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To turn over soil with a spade to loosen the ground for planting.
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A hart or stag three years old.
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A castrated man or animal.
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A heavy, flat-bladed, long-handled tool used for digging by pressing the metal blade into the ground with the foot.
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A sturdy digging tool having a thick handle and a heavy, flat blade that can be pressed into the ground with the foot.
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Any of various similar digging or cutting tools.
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To dig or cut with a spade.
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Any of several tools resembling a spade.
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A part of the trail of a gun carriage which digs into the ground, so as to brace the gun during recoil.
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Spade means to dig.

An example of spade is to dig into the ground.

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The definition of a spade is a flat-bladed tool used for digging, or a suit of cards marked with an image of an upside down heart such as this image - ♠

An example of a spade is a small metal tool with a wooden handle used in home gardening.

An example of a spade is the mark on a suit of playing cards.

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(offensive slang) Used as a disparaging term for a black person.
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A black, leaf-shaped figure on certain playing cards.
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A playing card with this figure.
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The suit of cards represented by this figure.
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Any of a suit of playing cards marked with black figures shaped like this: ♠
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This suit of cards.
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A garden tool with a handle and a flat blade for digging. Not to be confused with a shovel which is used for moving earth or other materials.
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A playing card marked with the symbol â™ .

I've got only one spade in my hand.

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(offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
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(videogaming) To collect and statistically analyze data, for the purpose of determining the underlying random number generator structure or numeric formula.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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call a spade a spade
  • To speak plainly and forthrightly.
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in spades
  • To a considerable degree:
    They had financial trouble in spades.
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call a spade a spade
  • to call something by its right name; use plain, blunt words
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in spades
  • in an extreme or emphatic way
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
spade
Plural:
spades

Origin of spade

  • Italian spade pl. of spada card suit from Latin spatha sword, broad-bladed stirrer from Greek spathē broad blade

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English spadu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English spadu, spada, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *sphâ‚‚-dÊ°-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη (spathÄ“, “blade"), Hittite iÅ¡patar (“spear") [Cuneiform?].

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare spay, noun.

    From Wiktionary