Buildinga 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.
Buildingsome implement, piece, or part resembling this.
Militarya sharp projection on the bottom of a gun trail, designed to dig into the earth to restrict backward movement of the carriage during recoil.
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 the extreme; positively:He's a hypocrite, in spades.
without restraint; outspokenly:I told him what I thought, in spades.
to dig, cut, or remove with a spade (sometimes fol. by up):Let's spade up the garden and plant some flowers.
Etymology:bef. 900; Middle English (noun, nominal); Old English spadu; cognate with Dutch spade, German Spaten, Old Norse spathi spade, Greek spáthē broad, flat piece of wood
Gamesa black figure shaped like an inverted heart and with a short stem at the cusp opposite the point, used on playing cards.
Gamesa card of the suit bearing such figures.
(used with a sing. or pl. v.) the suit so marked:Spades is trump. Spades count double.
(used with a pl. v.) Casino. the winning of seven spades or more.
Slang Terms[Slang](disparaging and offensive). a black person.
Greek spáthē; see spade1
Italian, plural of spada origin, originally, sword