a type of tool , consisting of a broad blade with edges or sides turned up fixed to a medium length wooden handle terminating in a looping grasp unlike a spade , which has a longer handle without any specific grasp at the end
Any bucket-equipped machine used for digging and loading earthy or fragmented rock materials. There are two types of shovels, the square-point and the round-point.Â These are available with either long or short handles. The round-point shovel is used for general digging since its forward edge, curved to a point, most readily penetrates moist clays and sands. The square-point shovel is used for shoveling against hard surfaces or for trimming.
Garden shovels come in a variety of shapes. Use a round-point shovel for basic digging. A square-blade shovel is ideal for creating smooth, flat sides in an excavation, as when preparing a site for a concrete slab. Home Improvement Encyclopedia
A shovel is a tool for lifting and moving loose material such as coal, gravel, snow, soil, or sand. It is usually a hand tool consisting of a broad blade with edges or sides that is fixed to a medium-length handle. The term "shovel" is also applied to larger excavating machines, such as steam shovels, which are designed for the same purpose—lifting and moving material, see Loader (equipment).
an informal unit of volume. In U.S. building trades, a common rule of thumb is that a cubic yard contains about 150 standard (no. 2) shovels of material. This means that a shovel contains about 5 liters and a cubic meter is about 200 shovels.