spade

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old English spadu, spada, from Proto-Germanic. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *sph₂-dʰ-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη (spathē, blade), Hittite išpatar (spear) [Cuneiform?].

NounEdit

spade (plural spades)

  1. A garden tool with a handle and a flat blade for digging. Not to be confused with a shovel which is used for moving earth or other materials.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet Chapter 4
      'Make your mind easy,' Ratsey said; 'I have dug too often in this graveyard for any to wonder if they see me with a spade.'
  2. A playing card marked with the symbol .
    I've got only one spade in my hand.
  3. (offensive, ethnic slur) A black person.
  4. A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
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VerbEdit

spade (third-person singular simple present spades, present participle spading, simple past and past participle spaded)

  1. To turn over soil with a spade to loosen the ground for planting.
  2. (videogaming) To collect and statistically analyze data, for the purpose of determining the underlying random number generator structure or numeric formula.

Etymology 2Edit

Compare spay, noun.

Alternative formsEdit

NounEdit

spade (plural spades)

  1. A hart or stag three years old.
  2. A castrated man or animal.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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FinnishEdit

NounEdit

spade

  1. (military slang) field cook

FriulianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin spatha (a type of sword), from Ancient Greek σπάθη (spáthē, broad blade).

NounEdit

spade f (plural spadis)

  1. sword

ItalianEdit

NounEdit

spade f

  1. plural form of spada

NorwegianEdit

NounEdit

spade m

  1. spade (tool)

InflectionEdit


SwedishEdit

NounEdit

spade c

  1. a spade (tool)

DeclensionEdit

Related termsEdit

  • spada
  • spader
  • spadformad
  • spadhandtag
  • spadharv
  • spadtag
  • spadvända
  • spadvändning

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Last modified on 19 April 2014, at 07:13