paddle wheel

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noun

a wheel for propelling a ship, having a number of paddles entering the water more or less perpendicularly.

Nearby words

  1. paddle,
  2. paddle box,
  3. paddle one's own canoe,
  4. paddle steamer,
  5. paddle tennis,
  6. paddle worm,
  7. paddle-wheel,
  8. paddleball,
  9. paddleboard,
  10. paddleboat

Origin of paddle wheel

First recorded in 1675–85

Related formspad·dle-wheel, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for paddle-wheel

paddle wheel

noun

a large wheel fitted with paddles, turned by an engine to propel a vessel on the water
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Word Origin and History for paddle-wheel

paddle-wheel

n.

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

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