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n. 1 (plural of spade English)Category:English plurals 2 One of the four suits of playing cards, marked with the symbol ♠. 3 A card game in which the spade suit cards are trumps. vb. (en-third-person singular of: spade)


Spades is a trick-taking card game devised in the United States in the 1930s. It can be played as either a partnership or solo/"cutthroat" game. The object is to take at least the number of tricks (also known as "books") that were bid before play of the hand began. Spades is a descendant of the Whist family of card games, which also includes Bridge, Hearts, and Oh Hell. Its major difference as compared to other Whist variants is that, instead of trump being decided by the highest bidder or at random, the Spade suit is always trumps, hence the name.

SPAdes (software)

SPAdes (St. Petersburg genome assembler) is a genome assembly algorithm which was designed for single cell and multi-cells bacterial data sets. However, it might not be suitable for large genomes projects.

SPAdes works with Ion Torrent, PacBio and Illumina paired-end, mate-pairs and single reads. Recently, SPAdes has been integrated into Galaxy pipelines by Guy Lionel and Philip Mabon.

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Collecting their spades and buckets they made their way across the sand and shingle to the concrete flight of steps which zigzagged majestically up the red sandstone cliffs for which Anchorstone was famous.

Having accomplished this, Ready and William would then put the wheels and axle in the boat, and other articles required, such as saw, hatchets, and spades, and row round to the south side of the island, to find the little harbour.

The theory failed to explain why the killer used a bow and arrow, why he dropped a laminated ace of spades on each body, and why he had left untouched the kilo of angel dust his latest victim had been carrying.

Then we cleaned our boots with grass, tied the spades and walked home.

Far away near the sky tiny people were stooped at their turf work cutting out precisely-shaped sods with their patent spades and building them into a tall memorial twice the height of a horse and cart.

Aunt Enid, who always had far more of these tiresome odds and ends than Mother had---and it was at the last moment, when the cab was almost to be expected to be there, that Aunt Enid rushed out to the corner shop and returned with four new spades, four new pails, and four new shrimping nets, and presented them to the children just in time for them to be added to the heap of odds and ends with which the cab was filled up.

Francis, who would not be above using a wooden spade at the proper time and place but did not care to be branded in the face of all Waterloo Junction as one of those kids off to the seaside with little spades and pails.

Mother upstairs unpacked the luggage that had been the mound with spades on top only yesterday, at Waterloo.

This was why when they got to the shore Kathleen and Bernard began at once to dig the moat of a sand castle, while the elder ones walked up and down, dragging the new spades after them like some new kind of tail, and talking, talking, talking till Kathleen said they might help dig or the tide would be in before the castle was done.

Ministry, Spontoon having been technically disqualified because of a strange hysterical stigma, shaped like the ace of spades and nearly the same color, which would appear on his left cheek at moments of high stress, accompanied by severe migraine.

Ace of Spades crouches beside him, shining a pocket flashlight over ampoules in his kit, rattling syringes and points.

In the American deck this card has come down to us as the ace of spades, which is a bit more sinister: you know the silence that falls on the room when it comes up, whatever the game.