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[sturn-hweel, -weel]
noun Nautical.
  1. a paddle wheel at the stern of a vessel.
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Origin of sternwheel

First recorded in 1810–20; stern2 + wheel


[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
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Examples from the Web for sternwheel

Historical Examples of sternwheel

  • She was roused from it by the scream of a whistle, and the hoonch-hoonch of a sternwheel steamer.

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