Sir Clowdisley Shovell
shov·el / ˈshəvəl/ • n. a tool with a broad flat blade and typically upturned sides, used for moving coal, earth, snow or other material. ∎ a machine or part of a machine having a similar shape or function. ∎ an amount of something carried or moved with shovel: a few shovels of earth. • v. (-eled , -el·ing ; Brit. -elled, -el·ling) [tr.] move (coal, earth, snow, or similar material) with a shovel: she shoveled coal on the fire. ∎ [tr.] remove snow from (an area) with a shovel: I'll clean the basement and shovel the walk. ∎ inf. put or push (something, typically food) somewhere quickly and in large quantities: Dave was shoveling pasta into his mouth. DERIVATIVES: shov·el·ful / -ˌfoŏl/ n. (pl. -fuls) .
Shovell, Sir Clowdesley
Shovell, Sir Clowdisley
Sir Clowdisley Shovell, or Sir Cloudesley Shovel (kloudz´lē shŭv´əl), 1650–1707, English admiral. In the War of the Grand Alliance he burned enemy ships at the battle of La Hogue in 1692 and was joint commander of the English fleet in 1693. In the War of the Spanish Succession he brought home the silver captured by Sir George Rooke at Vigo (1702), helped him capture Gibraltar (1704), and assisted at the capture of Barcelona (1705). Returning from an abortive attack on Toulon in 1707, he was lost with 800 or 900 men when his ship was wrecked off the Scilly Islands.