a vessel, esp a river boat, propelled by two large paddle wheels, one on each side: Compare stern-wheeler
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How to use sidewheeler in a sentence
The Golden Star was a trim little side-wheeler with a fair-sized deck fore and aft.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
The Secretary of the Navy that ordered a side-wheeler for a war ship must have been born and brought up in the backwoods.
This being promptly granted, the brave old side-wheeler swung about in the stream and went straight for her dangerous enemy.
He was a kind of side-wheeler, like the Mississippi River steamboats, and he could go like everything!The Adventures of a Grain of Dust | Hallam Hawksworth
The Mississippi could not take a gunboat, because she was a side-wheeler.