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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spadenoun

    a playing card in the major suit that has one or more black figures on it

    "she led a low spade"; "spades were trumps"

  2. spadenoun

    a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot

  3. spadeverb

    dig (up) with a spade

    "I spade compost into the flower beds"

Wiktionary

  1. spadenoun

    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.

    Etymology: From spadu, spada, of origin. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from spə-dh-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη, Hittite .

  2. spadenoun

    A playing card marked with the symbol u2660.

    I've got only one spade in my hand.

    Etymology: From spadu, spada, of origin. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from spə-dh-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη, Hittite .

  3. spadenoun

    A black person.

    Etymology: From spadu, spada, of origin. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from spə-dh-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη, Hittite .

  4. spadeverb

    To turn over soil with a spade to loosen the ground for planting.

    Etymology: From spadu, spada, of origin. Cognate with Old Frisian spada, Old Saxon spado, German Spaten. Ultimately from spə-dh-, whence also Ancient Greek σπάθη, Hittite .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spadenoun

    a hart or stag three years old

    Etymology: [Cf. Spay, n.]

  2. Spadenoun

    a castrated man or beast

    Etymology: [Cf. Spay, n.]

  3. Spadenoun

    an implement for digging or cutting the ground, consisting usually of an oblong and nearly rectangular blade of iron, with a handle like that of a shovel

    Etymology: [Cf. Spay, n.]

  4. Spadenoun

    one of that suit of cards each of which bears one or more figures resembling a spade

    Etymology: [Cf. Spay, n.]

  5. Spadenoun

    a cutting instrument used in flensing a whale

    Etymology: [Cf. Spay, n.]

  6. Spadeverb

    to dig with a spade; to pare off the sward of, as land, with a spade

    Etymology: [Cf. Spay, n.]

Freebase

  1. Spade

    A spade is a tool designed primarily for the purpose of digging or removing earth and spreading the soil. Early spades were made of riven wood. After the art of metalworking was discovered, spades were made with sharper tips of metal. Before the introduction of metal spades manual labor was less efficient at moving earth, with picks being required to break up the soil in addition to a spade for moving the dirt. With a metal tip, a spade can both break and move the earth in most situations, increasing efficiency.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spade

    spād, n. a broad blade of iron with a handle, used for digging: a playing-card of one of the two black suits, shaped like a heart with a triangular handle.—v.t. to dig with a spade.—ns. Spade′-bone, the scapula; Spade′-foot, a scaphiopod or spade-footed toad; Spade′ful, as much as a spade will hold; Spade′-guin′ea, a guinea coined 1787-99, so called from the shield on the reverse side having the shape of the spade in playing-cards.—Call a spade a spade, to call things by their plain names, without softening: to speak out plainly. [A.S. spadu, spædu; L. spatha—Gr. spathē, any broad blade.]

  2. Spade

    spād, n. a eunuch: a gelding.—Also Spā′do. [Gr. spadōn, a eunuch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spade

    In open speaking, to call a spade a spade is to give a man his real character. The phrase is old and still in use.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spade in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of spade in a Sentence

  1. Mark Roldan:

    My mom was one of the people that found her, she is a little shaken, especially with trauma such as this. It just really hit our family and I’m pretty sure the Spade family as well. It was just really shocking to find out her best friend Kate Spade and also a big influence in my life just passed.

  2. Jessica Ramirez:

    Kate Spade doesn't know who its customer is anymore, i can't say that the product isn't nice, but I don't know who would wear it.

  3. Kamini Lane:

    Kate Spade was so accessible to so many people and therefore desired by a broader base.

  4. Surrogacy Lawyers:

    I think we need to call a spade a spade.

  5. Menander:

    I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade.

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