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

pad·dle-wheel, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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