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[sahyd-hweel, -weel] /ˈsaɪdˌʰwil, -ˌwil/
having a paddle wheel on each side, as a steamboat.
Origin of side-wheel
First recorded in 1855-60
Related forms
side-wheeler, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On a side-wheel boat the make-up of the engine crew is different.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • She and her sister ship, the Choctaw, were side-wheel steamers altered into casemate ironclads with rams.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson
  • There was great danger that he would run into us, as he was like a steamer with only one side-wheel and no rudder.

    Saunterings Charles Dudley Warner
  • On the side-wheel boat, to get back to my subject, the engines are independent—one engine to each wheel.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • A side-wheel boat usually went around the sharp bend with one paddle wheel backing and the other going ahead.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • side-wheel ferries, driven by horse-power, plied between the river's mouth and the Queenston landing.

    The Story of Isaac Brock Walter R. Nursey
  • You know every side-wheel steamer has a statement of her destination painted on her wheel house.

    A Captain in the Ranks

    George Cary Eggleston
  • Such engines are used to some extent in Europe, and they have been adopted in the United States navy for side-wheel gunboats.

  • We then crossed a fine iron bridge and went on board a side-wheel steamer.

  • I can't make out why a side-wheel steamer should be comin' so near the ledge, an' then agin, why don't she shift her course?

    The Light Keepers James Otis

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