[ sturn-hwee-ler, -wee- ]
/ ˈstɜrnˌʰwi lər, -ˌwi- /
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a boat propelled by a paddle wheel at the stern.
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Origin of sternwheeler
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; sternwheel + -er1
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How to use sternwheeler in a sentence
His boat was a “stern-wheeler,” and is stated to have been capable of steaming five miles an hour.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine|Robert H. Thurston
In this model Fitch shifted the paddles from the sides to the rear, thus anticipating in principle the modern stern-wheeler.The Paths of Inland Commerce|Archer B. Hulbert
There was another boat that left Paducah the same time we did, the "Masonic Gem," a stern-wheeler about the same size of our boat.The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865|Leander Stillwell
A type of river steamer which will amaze the American is an old stern-wheeler run by man power.The Critic in the Orient|George Hamlin Fitch
She was a small stern-wheeler, not unlike the boats which run on the upper Missouri.The Trail of the Goldseekers|Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for sternwheeler
a vessel, esp a riverboat, propelled by a large paddle wheel at the sternCompare sidewheeler
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