Trowel meaning

trou'əl
A flat-bladed hand tool for leveling, spreading, or shaping substances such as cement or mortar.
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To spread, smooth, form, or scoop with a trowel.
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Any of several small hand tools for spreading, smoothing, scooping, etc.
  • A tool with a thin, flat, rectangular blade, used for smoothing plaster.
  • A tool with a thin, flat, pointed blade for applying and shaping mortar, as in bricklaying.
  • A tool with a pointed scoop for loosening soil, digging holes, etc. in a garden.
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To spread, smooth, shape, dig, etc. with a trowel.
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A mason's tool, used in spreading and dressing mortar, and breaking bricks to shape them.
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A gardener's tool, shaped like a scoop, used in taking up plants, stirring soil etc.

I need to dig a hole for these begonias; would you pass me that trowel?

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A tool used for smoothing a mold.
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To apply a substance with a trowel.

He troweled the coarse mix with a twist, leaving a pattern of arcs.

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A small implement with a pointed, scoop-shaped blade used for digging, as in setting plants.
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Origin of trowel

  • Middle English trowell from Old French truele from Late Latin truella diminutive of Latin trua ladle
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English truel, from Middle French truelle, from Late Latin truella, from Classical Latin trulla, the diminutive of trua 'ladle'
    From Wiktionary