a tool for digging, having an iron blade adapted for pressing into the ground with the foot and a long handle commonly with a grip or crosspiece at the top, and with the blade usually narrower and flatter than that of a shovel.
some implement, piece, or part resembling this.
a sharp projection on the bottom of a gun trail, designed to dig into the earth to restrict backward movement of the carriage during recoil.
— verb (used with object), spad·ed, spad·ing.
to dig, cut, or remove with a spade (sometimes followed by up ): Let's spade up the garden and plant some flowers.
call a spade a spade, to call something by its real name; be candidly explicit; speak plainly or bluntly: To call a spade a spade, he's a crook.
in spades, Informal.
in the extreme; positively: He's a hypocrite, in spades.
without restraint; outspokenly: I told him what I thought, in spades.
— Related forms spade·like, adjective spad·er, noun un·spad·ed, adjective
a black figure shaped like an inverted heart and with a short stem at the cusp opposite the point, used on playing cards.
a card of the suit bearing such figures.
( used with a singular or plural verb ) the suit so marked: Spades is trump. Spades count double.
( used with a plural verb ) Casino. the winning of seven spades or more.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a black person.
- A tool used to dig
- A black person
- Building foundation