Pronunciation: (trou'ul),[key] —n., v.,-eled, -el•ing or (esp. Brit.)-elled, -el•ling.
—n. 1. any of various tools having a flat blade with a handle, used for depositing and working mortar, plaster, etc.
2. a similar tool with a curved, scooplike blade, used in gardening for taking up plants, turning up earth, etc.
—v.t. to apply, shape, smooth, or dig with or as if with a trowel.