Pad"dle, n. [See Paddle, v. i.] 1. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
2. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle, such as that used in table tennis.
Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon.Deut. xxiii. 13.
3. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
4. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called
(Zol.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
6. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing.
7. [In this sense prob. for older
of spade.] See
Paddle staff (b), below.
(Shipbuilding), one of two large timbers supporting the spring beam and paddle box of a steam vessel. --
Paddle board. See Paddle,
n., 3. --
Paddle shaft, the revolving shaft which carries the paddle wheel of a steam vessel. --
Paddle staff. (a) A staff tipped with a broad blade, used by mole catchers.
[Prov. Eng.] (b) A long-handled spade used to clean a plowshare; -- called also
[Prov. Eng.] --
Paddle steamer, a steam vessel propelled by paddle wheels, in distinction from a screw propeller. --
Paddle wheel, the propelling wheel of a steam vessel, having paddles (or floats) on its circumference, and revolving in a vertical plane parallel to the vessel's length.
paddle boxn. 1. a wooden covering for the upper part of the paddle wheel of a steam vessel.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
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