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paddle wheel

a wheel for propelling a ship, having a number of paddles entering the water more or less perpendicularly.
Origin of paddle wheel
First recorded in 1675-85
Related forms
paddle-wheel, adjective Unabridged
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  • The paddle-wheel was between the two hulls, and near the stern of the craft.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • Imagine a paddle-wheel placed in water and caused to rotate.

  • Branca's invention was simply a paddle-wheel turned by a jet of steam instead of by a water current.

  • It is to be propelled by the combined powers of the paddle-wheel and the screw.

    Great Facts Frederick C. Bakewell
  • Before passing onto the screw, it may be well to explain just how a paddle-wheel causes a boat to move.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • She started up, choking and sobbing, and heard the engines throb, the paddle-wheel creak and splash.

    The Debatable Land Arthur Colton
  • The frame of wood which encircles the upper part of the paddle-wheel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • She had a rudder at both bow and stern, and was propelled by a paddle-wheel amidships, something like the Ark of Delft.

    The British Navy Book Cyril Field
  • The jet of water did not prove any more successful, and but two other methods were available—the propeller and the paddle-wheel.

  • The first step towards the revolution was taken many years ago when the screw propeller was substituted for the paddle-wheel.

    Twentieth Century Inventions George Sutherland
British Dictionary definitions for paddle-wheel

paddle wheel

a large wheel fitted with paddles, turned by an engine to propel a vessel on the water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for paddle-wheel

also paddlewheel, 1805, from paddle (n.) + wheel (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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