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Meaning of "spade" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SPADE

Old English spadu; related to Old Norse spathi, Old High German spato, Greek spathē blade.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SPADE

spade  [speɪd] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SPADE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Spade is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb spade in English.

WHAT DOES SPADE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

spade

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.

Definition of spade in the English dictionary

The first definition of spade in the dictionary is a tool for digging, typically consisting of a flat rectangular steel blade attached to a long wooden handle. Other definition of spade is an object or part resembling a spade in shape. Spade is also a heavy metallic projection attached to the trail of a gun carriage that embeds itself into the ground and so reduces recoil.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SPADE

PRESENT

Present
I spade
you spade
he/she/it spades
we spade
you spade
they spade
Present continuous
I am spading
you are spading
he/she/it is spading
we are spading
you are spading
they are spading
Present perfect
I have spaded
you have spaded
he/she/it has spaded
we have spaded
you have spaded
they have spaded
Present perfect continuous
I have been spading
you have been spading
he/she/it has been spading
we have been spading
you have been spading
they have been spading
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I spaded
you spaded
he/she/it spaded
we spaded
you spaded
they spaded
Past continuous
I was spading
you were spading
he/she/it was spading
we were spading
you were spading
they were spading
Past perfect
I had spaded
you had spaded
he/she/it had spaded
we had spaded
you had spaded
they had spaded
Past perfect continuous
I had been spading
you had been spading
he/she/it had been spading
we had been spading
you had been spading
they had been spading
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will spade
you will spade
he/she/it will spade
we will spade
you will spade
they will spade
Future continuous
I will be spading
you will be spading
he/she/it will be spading
we will be spading
you will be spading
they will be spading
Future perfect
I will have spaded
you will have spaded
he/she/it will have spaded
we will have spaded
you will have spaded
they will have spaded
Future perfect continuous
I will have been spading
you will have been spading
he/she/it will have been spading
we will have been spading
you will have been spading
they will have been spading
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would spade
you would spade
he/she/it would spade
we would spade
you would spade
they would spade
Conditional continuous
I would be spading
you would be spading
he/she/it would be spading
we would be spading
you would be spading
they would be spading
Conditional perfect
I would have spade
you would have spade
he/she/it would have spade
we would have spade
you would have spade
they would have spade
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been spading
you would have been spading
he/she/it would have been spading
we would have been spading
you would have been spading
they would have been spading
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you spade
we let´s spade
you spade
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to spade
Past participle
spaded
Present Participle
spading
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SPADE


all-expenses-paid
ˌɔːlɪkˌspɛnsɪsˈpeɪd
croupade
kruːˈpeɪd
escapade
ˈɛskəˌpeɪd
estrapade
ˌestrəˈpeɪd
gallopade
ˌɡæləˈpeɪd
galopade
ˌɡæləˈpeɪd
low-paid
ˌləʊˈpeɪd
nonpaid
ˌnɒnˈpeɪd
overpaid
ˌəʊvəˈpeɪd
paid
peɪd
prepaid
ˌpriːˈpeɪd
repaid
rɪˈpeɪd
reply-paid
rɪˌplaɪˈpeɪd
respade
riːˈspeɪd
taxpaid
ˈtæksˌpeɪd
underpaid
ˌʌndəˈpeɪd
unpaid
ʌnˈpeɪd
unrepaid
ˌʌnrɪˈpeɪd

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SPADE

spacy
SPAD
spadassin
spade foot
spade guinea
spadefish
spadeful
spadelike
spademan
spader
spades
spadework
spadger
spadiceous
spadices
spadicifloral
spadille
spadix
spado
spadroon

WORDS THAT END LIKE SPADE

arcade
blade
brigade
call a spade a spade
cascade
custom-made
decade
fade
grade
hade
handmade
jade
made
make the grade
on the upgrade
parade
shade
trade
upgrade
wade

Synonyms and antonyms of spade in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «spade» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SPADE

Find out the translation of spade to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of spade from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «spade» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

铁锹
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pala
570 millions of speakers

English

spade
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

कुदाल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مِجْرَاف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

лопата
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

SPAD
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

bêche
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

SPAD
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Spaten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

가래
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

SPAD
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

cái mai
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விசாலமான
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

SPAD
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

SPAD
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

vanga
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

łopata
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

лопата
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cazma
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

μπαστούνι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

graaf
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

spade
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

spade
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of spade

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SPADE»

The term «spade» is very widely used and occupies the 13.793 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SPADE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about spade

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8 QUOTES WITH «SPADE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word spade.
1
Marc Andreessen
I don't like to not call a spade a spade.
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Bruce Cockburn
We're confronted with great darkness as a species right now as spiritual creatures on this planet. I don't think it's hopeless, and I don't want 'You've Never Seen Everything' to make people feel hopeless. But I think we've got to call a spade a spade.
3
Lena Dunham
Let's call a spade a spade - a lot of times when you are a vegetarian it is a just not very effective eating disorder.
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Gertrude Jekyll
It is no use asking me or anyone else how to dig... Better to go and watch a man digging, and then take a spade and try to do it.
5
Menander
I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade.
6
James Shirley
The glories of our blood and state, Are shadows, not substantial things; There is no armour against fate, Death lays his icy hand on kings. Scepter and crown must tumble down, And, in the dust, be equal made With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
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James Stephens
A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust.
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Ethel Waters
The white audiences thought I was white, my features being what they are, and at every performance I'd have to take off my gloves to prove I was a spade.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SPADE»

Discover the use of spade in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to spade and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Style
The co-creator of the "Kate Spade Home Collection" draws on her fashion expertise to present a guide to personal style, sharing practical information and modern dress etiquette guidelines in such areas as identifying flattering colors and ...
Kate Spade, Ruth A. Peltason, Julia E. Leach, 2004
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Normal Life: Admiinistrative Violence, Critical Trans ...
A truly revolutionary text that centers radical law reform as an essential and urgent struggle on the path toward trans-liberation.
Dean Spade, 2011
3
Bible, Map, and Spade: The American Palestine Exploration ...
This volume resurrects the forgotten history of early American involvement in biblical archaeology.
Rachel S. Hallote, 2006
4
Kate Spade New York: Things We Love: Twenty Years of ...
A celebration of the brand's 20th anniversary serves as a visual diary and inspirational reference that offers playful style tips, practical advice and entries by website submitters who revealed the qualities or elements that make life ...
Kate Spade New York, 2013
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Manners
Presents a guide to modern etiquette and social conundrums, covering such areas as table manners, thank-you notes, office gossip, and introductions for a range of environments.
Kate Spade, Ruth A. Peltason, Julia E. Leach, 2004
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Occasions
Whether you entertain a lot or a little, and whether your style is casual or formal, Occasions, with more than 230 charming watercolor illustrations, is a handy and fresh approach to the subject, a book to be treasured today and over the ...
Kate Spade, 2008
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The Eagle and the Spade: Archaeology in Rome During the ...
This book is an account of an almost completely neglected archaeological epic, the uncovering and restoration of all the classical monuments of Rome during the French occupation (1809-14).
Ronald T. Ridley, 1992
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Call a spade a spade: from classical phrase to racial slur : ...
This book is an attempt to trace the origin, history, dissemination, and meaning of the well-known proverbial expression "to call a spade a spade.
Wolfgang Mieder, 2002
9
Hammer Spade and the Midnight Treader
Hammer Spade, private investigator and bail bondsman in Durham, North Carolina, learns his girlfriend has been kidnapped. He gathers a team of his friends and prepares to go to the rescue.--Source other than Library of Congress.
E. B. Alston, 2008
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Hammer Spade and the Case of the Missing Husband
Hammer Spade, private investigator and bail bondsman in Durham, N.C., must help an international beauty find her missing husband.
E. B. Alston, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SPADE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term spade is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Kate Spade Expands Into Several New Categories, Including …
Just as many large-scale labels like Joe Fresh and Donna Karan are hitting the pause button on global growth, certain trademarks — like Kate Spade & Co. «Fashionista, Jul 15»
2
See David Spade pitch Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser to Adam Sandler …
We decided to put star David Spade to the test when he stopped by EW's offices, and find out if the film could appeal to every audience. And while Joe is a bit of ... «Entertainment Weekly, Jul 15»
3
Friends share memories in 'I Am Chris Farley' documentary trailer
His best friend and frequent co-star David Spade said Farley is never far from his thoughts. See trailer for documentary 'I Am Chris Farley'. «CNN, Jun 15»
4
David Spade Gets Twisted Through Time in New 'Joe Dirt 2 …
David Spade travels through time in the trailer for “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser,” in which he reprises his eponymous role 14 years after the first movie hit theaters. «TheWrap, Jun 15»
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Kate Spade has invaded your closet. Now it's determined not to be a …
Fast-moving trends have many retailers struggling to define their identity, but Kate Spade New York is finding a place in affluent women's closets by churning out ... «Washington Post, May 15»
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David Spade Unveils 'Joe Dirt 2' Teaser Trailer - Watch Now!
David Spade and his co-star Brittany Daniel promote their upcoming film Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser at the 2015 Crackle Upfront at Hudson Theatre on Tuesday ... «Just Jared, Apr 15»
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David Spade Remembers Chris Farley on the 20th Anniversary of …
"I was very lucky to be in this movie with one of the all-time funniest mother f------, the late, great Chris Farley," Spade wrote. "It's hard to read but on the poster it ... «People Magazine, Mar 15»
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Kate Spade Profits Dented Slightly by Saturday's Demise
If you're looking at sales figures, Kate Spade & Company closed out 2014 in top form. Net sales for the full year rose 42 percent to $1.1 billion; the company ... «Fashionista, Mar 15»
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Spade found in woods identified by Graham Dwyer's wife as from …
A spade found by gardaí near the location of the remains of Elaine O'Hara was “the spade from our garden”, the wife of murder-accused Graham Dwyer has told ... «Irish Times, Feb 15»
10
Fossil Group and Kate Spade & Company Announce Global …
Through the partnership, Fossil Group assumes the existing watch business successfully built under the kate spade new york brand and will begin distributing ... «GlobeNewswire, Feb 15»

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