A shovel is the tool you need if you want to dig holes in the ground. If you're taking your younger cousins to the beach, be sure to bring lots of pails and shovels so they can build a sandcastle.

A shovel has a long handle and a wide, curved blade at the end. By pushing the end of the shovel into the ground and scooping, you can shovel out enough soil to make room for the treasure chest you want to bury. Shovels are useful for clearing snow from sidewalks and driveways too, and you can describe the amount of dirt carried in a shovel as a shovel (or shovelful) of dirt.

Definitions of shovel
  1. noun
    a hand tool for lifting loose material; consists of a curved container or scoop and a handle
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    hand shovel
    a shovel that is operated by hand
    post-hole digger, posthole digger
    a shovel used to sink postholes
    scoop, scoop shovel
    the shovel or bucket of a dredge or backhoe
    coal shovel
    a hand shovel for shoveling coal
    entrenching tool, trenching spade
    a hand shovel carried by infantrymen for digging trenches
    a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot
    spud, stump spud
    a sharp hand shovel for digging out roots and weeds
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    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  2. noun
    a fire iron consisting of a small shovel used to scoop coals or ashes in a fireplace
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    fire iron
    metal fireside implements
  3. noun
    a machine for excavating
    synonyms: digger, excavator, power shovel
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    an excavator whose shovel bucket is attached to a hinged boom and is drawn backward to move earth
    a power shovel to remove material from a channel or riverbed
    steam shovel
    a power shovel that is driven by steam
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    any mechanical or electrical device that transmits or modifies energy to perform or assist in the performance of human tasks
  4. noun
    the quantity a shovel can hold
    synonyms: shovelful, spadeful
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    the quantity that a container will hold
  5. verb
    dig with or as if with a shovel
    shovel sand”
    “he shovelled in the backyard all afternoon long”
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    type of:
    cut into, delve, dig, turn over
    turn up, loosen, or remove earth
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