spade

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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 (spáthē, blade), Hittite išpatar (spear) [Cuneiform?].

Noun[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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 2[edit]

Compare spay, noun.

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Noun[edit]

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

spade

  1. (military slang) field cook

Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

spade f (plural spadis)

  1. sword

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

spade f

  1. plural form of spada

Norwegian[edit]

Noun[edit]

spade m

  1. spade (tool)

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

spade c

  1. a spade (tool)

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