[sahyd-hweel, -weel]


having a paddle wheel on each side, as a steamboat.

Origin of side-wheel

First recorded in 1855–60
Related formsside-wheel·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for side-wheel

Historical Examples of side-wheel

  • On a side-wheel boat the make-up of the engine crew is different.

  • 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.


    Charles Dudley Warner

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

  • A side-wheel boat usually went around the sharp bend with one paddle wheel backing and the other going ahead.