Definition of 'shovel'
- a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
- the quantity a shovel can hold
Synonyms: shovelful spadeful
- a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
- a machine for excavating
Synonyms: power shovel excavator digger
- dig with or as if with a shovel; "shovel sand"; "he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long"