a vessel propelled by paddle wheels and driven by steam.
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How to use paddle steamer in a sentence
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
A large paddle steamer was towing a barge under the bridge against the swift current as we passed over.Through Siberia and Manchuria By Rail | Oliver George Ready
The wake of a passing paddle-steamer made the boat pitch gently.The Wind Bloweth | Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
We went on board the little paddle steamer and paid our "sixpence return."The White Peacock | D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Inquiring which was the "Falcon," a paddle steamer moored in the stream was pointed out to them by a boatman.Jack Archer | G. A. Henty