Pronunciation: (shuv'ul), [key]
—n., v., -eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling.
1. an implement consisting of a broad blade or scoop attached to a long handle, used for taking up, removing, or throwing loose matter, as earth, snow, or coal.
2. any fairly large contrivance or machine with a broad blade or scoop for taking up or removing loose matter: a steam shovel.
3. a shovelful.
4. Informal.See shovel hat.
1. to take up and cast or remove with a shovel: to shovel coal.
2. to gather up in large quantity roughly or carelessly with or as if with a shovel: He shoveled food into his mouth.
3. to dig or clear with or as if with a shovel: to shovel a path through the snow.
to work with a shovel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.