Paddle wheel
Paddle Pad"dle, n. [See {Paddle}, v. i.] 1. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats. [1913 Webster]

2. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle, such as that used in table tennis. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon. --Deut. xxiii. 13. [1913 Webster]

3. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel. [1913 Webster]

4. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called {clough}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Zo["o]l.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle. [1913 Webster]

6. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing. [1913 Webster]

7. [In this sense prob. for older spaddle, a dim. of spade.] See {Paddle staff} (b), below. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Paddle beam} (Shipbuilding), one of two large timbers supporting the spring beam and paddle box of a steam vessel.

{Paddle board}. See {Paddle}, n., 3.

{Paddle shaft}, the revolving shaft which carries the paddle wheel of a steam vessel.

{Paddle staff}. (a) A staff tipped with a broad blade, used by mole catchers. [Prov. Eng.] (b) A long-handled spade used to clean a plowshare; -- called also {plow staff}. [Prov. Eng.]

{Paddle steamer}, a steam vessel propelled by paddle wheels, in distinction from a screw propeller.

{Paddle wheel}, the propelling wheel of a steam vessel, having paddles (or floats) on its circumference, and revolving in a vertical plane parallel to the vessel's length. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • paddle wheel — paddle wheel, adj. a wheel for propelling a ship, having a number of paddles entering the water more or less perpendicularly. [1675 85] * * * ▪ ship part  method of ship propulsion that was once widely employed but is now almost entirely… …   Universalium

  • paddle-wheel — (n.) also paddlewheel, 1805, from PADDLE (Cf. paddle) (n.) + WHEEL (Cf. wheel) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • paddle wheel — ► NOUN ▪ a large steam driven wheel with paddles round its circumference, attached to the side or stern of a ship and propelling the ship by its rotation …   English terms dictionary

  • paddle wheel — n. a wheel with paddles set at right angles about its circumference for propelling a steamboat …   English World dictionary

  • Paddle wheel — A paddle wheel (also called side wheel or stern wheel) is a large wheel fitted with paddles which is used to propel a boat. Paddle wheels powered by steam engines were the means of propulsion for the paddle steamers of the nineteenth century when …   Wikipedia

  • paddle-wheel — See paddle wheel. * * * …   Universalium

  • paddle wheel — noun a large wheel fitted with paddles and driven by an engine in order to propel a boat • Syn: ↑paddlewheel • Hypernyms: ↑wheel • Part Meronyms: ↑paddle, ↑paddle box, ↑paddle box * * * noun, pl ⋯ wheels …   Useful english dictionary

  • paddle wheel — noun A large wheel, fitted with paddles, used to propel a vessel (especially a paddle steamer) …   Wiktionary

  • paddle wheel — pad′dle wheel art at paganize n. naut. navig. a wheel for propelling a ship, having a number of paddles entering the water more or less perpendicularly • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • paddle wheel — noun Date: 1685 a wheel with paddles around its circumference used to propel a boat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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