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 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
- Spading fork
noun a garden tool with sturdy tines used for loosening and turning soil Examples You can use a spading fork to stir a compost pile.
noun, plural spadices [spey-dahy-seez, spey-duh-seez] /speɪˈdaɪ siz, ˈspeɪ dəˌsiz/ (Show IPA). Botany. 1. an inflorescence consisting of a spike with a fleshy or thickened axis, usually enclosed in a spathe. noun (pl) spadices (speɪˈdaɪsiːz) 1. a racemose inflorescence having many small sessile flowers borne on a fleshy stem, the whole usually being surrounded by a […]
noun, plural spadones [spey-doh-neyz, spuh-] /speɪˈdoʊ neɪz, spə-/ (Show IPA) 1. Civil Law. an impotent person; someone unable to procreate. 2. a castrated man or animal.
verb (used with object), spaed, spaeing. Chiefly Scot. 1. to prophesy; foretell; predict. verb 1. (Scot) to foretell (the future)