- having a paddle wheel on each side, as a steamboat.
Origin of side-wheel
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for 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.Saunterings
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.