Paddle

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.
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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.
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Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon.
Deut. xxiii. 13.
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3. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
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4. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough.
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5. (Zol.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
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6. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing.
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7. [In this sense prob. for older spaddle, a dim. of spade.] See Paddle staff (b), below. [Prov. Eng.]
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Paddle beam (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 plow staff. [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.
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paddlebox

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paddle box

n. 1. a wooden covering for the upper part of the paddle wheel of a steam vessel.
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