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[sturn-hweel, -weel]
adjective (of a vessel)
  1. propelled by a paddle wheel at the stern.
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Origin of stern-wheel

First recorded in 1855–60
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stern-wheel

Historical Examples

  • If you swim on your face, you kick up the water like a stern-wheel boat.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • She was a stern-wheel boat, 130 feet long, and 22 feet beam.

  • It was the stern-wheel steamboat Yuma, and this is the only mention of it I can find.

    The Romance of the Colorado River

    Frederick S. Dellenbaugh

  • Oh, yes, I see; and he set me down in his mind as a stern-wheel politician.

    The White Rose of Memphis

    William C. Falkner

  • On the river they have a stern-wheel steamer, the Antonio Lopez, and a number of steel-lighters for carrying down tobacco.