- a vessel propelled by paddle wheels and driven by steam.
Origin of paddle steamer
First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for paddle steamer
All the power expended in the production of this great stream is, in the case of the paddle-steamer, entirely lost.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine
Robert H. Thurston
Perhaps in a boat at the mouth of the Rion, listening for the mill-wheels of a paddle-steamer to grind the slow grit of distance.Dariel
R. D. Blackmore
In the afternoon she missed a paddle-steamer which managed to save herself by beaching.The Story of Our Submarines</p>
John Graham Bower
She is somewhat of a semi-twin type, one-third wider than the ordinary sailing ship, but not so wide as a paddle-steamer.The Little Gleaner, Vol. X.
The remainder sailed on board the paddle-steamer London, a vessel quite as unsuited for the purpose as the Melazzo.Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo
W. Cope Devereux