a tool for digging, having an iron blade adapted for pressing into the ground with the foot and a long handle commonly with a grip or crosspiece at the top, and with the blade usually narrower and flatter than that of a shovel.
some implement, piece, or part resembling this.
a sharp projection on the bottom of a gun trail, designed to dig into the earth to restrict backward movement of the carriage during recoil.
verb (used with object), spaded, spading.
to dig, cut, or remove with a spade (sometimes followed by up):
Let’s spade up the garden and plant some flowers.
call a spade a spade, to call something by its real name; be candidly explicit; speak plainly or bluntly:
To call a spade a spade, he’s a crook.
in spades, Informal.
in the extreme; positively:
He’s a hypocrite, in spades.
without restraint; outspokenly:
I told him what I thought, in spades.
a black figure shaped like an inverted heart and with a short stem at the cusp opposite the point, used on playing cards.
a card of the suit bearing such figures.
(used with a singular or plural verb) the suit so marked:
Spades is trump. Spades count double.
(used with a plural verb) Casino. the winning of seven spades or more.
Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
a tool for digging, typically consisting of a flat rectangular steel blade attached to a long wooden handle
an object or part resembling a spade in shape
(as modifier): a spade beard
a heavy metallic projection attached to the trail of a gun carriage that embeds itself into the ground and so reduces recoil
a type of oar blade that is comparatively broad and short Compare spoon (sense 6)
a cutting tool for stripping the blubber from a whale or skin from a carcass
call a spade a spade, to speak plainly and frankly
(transitive) to use a spade on
the black symbol on a playing card resembling a heart-shaped leaf with a stem
a card with one or more of these symbols or (when pl) the suit of cards so marked, usually the highest ranking of the four
a derogatory word for Black
(informal) in spades, in an extreme or emphatic way
noun 1. preliminary or initial work, such as the gathering of data, on which further activity is to be based. noun 1. dull or routine preparatory work
noun 1. (English, dialect) a sparrow
adjective 1. Botany. of the nature of a spadix. bearing a spadix. 2. of a bright brown color. adjective 1. (botany) producing or resembling a spadix 2. of a bright brown colour
noun 1. the highest trump in certain card games, as the queen of clubs in omber. noun 1. (cards) (in ombre and quadrille) the ace of spades