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Meaning of SPADE

Pronunciation:  speyd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a sturdy hand shovel that can be pushed into the earth with the foot
  2. [n]  a playing card in the major suit of spades
  3. [n]  (ethnic slur) offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigger"
  4. [v]  dig (up) with a spade; "I spade compost into the flower beds"

SPADE is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: coon, jigaboo, nigger, nigra
 See Also: Black, black person, blackamoor, boy, cut into, delve, dig, ditch spade, garden spade, hand shovel, long-handled spade, major suit, Negro, Negroid, playing card, ridge, turn over



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spade\, n. [Cf. {Spay}, n.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) A hart or stag three years old. [Written also
       {spaid}, {spayade}.]
    2. [Cf. L. spado.] A castrated man or beast.
  2. \Spade\, n. [AS. sp[ae]d; spada; akin to D. spade, G.
    spaten, Icel. spa[eth]i, Dan. & Sw. spade, L. spatha a
    spatula, a broad two-edged sword, a spathe, Gr. spa`qh. Cf.
    {Epaulet}, {Spade} at cards, {Spathe}, {Spatula}.]
    1. 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. ``With spade and
       pickax armed.'' --Milton.
    2. [Sp. espada, literally, a sword; -- so caused because
       these cards among the Spanish bear the figure of a sword.
       Sp. espada is fr. L. spatha, Gr. spa`qh. See the Etymology
       above.] One of that suit of cards each of which bears one
       or more figures resembling a spade.
             ``Let spades be trumps!'' she said.   --Pope.
    3. A cutting instrument used in flensing a whale.
    {Spade bayonet}, a bayonet with a broad blade which may be
       used digging; -- called also {trowel bayonet}.
    {Spade handle} (Mach.), the forked end of a connecting rod in
       which a pin is held at both ends. See Illust. of {Knuckle
       joint}, under {Knuckle}.
  3. \Spade\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spaded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To dig with a spade; to pare off the sward of, as land, with
    a spade.
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