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paddle wheel

A wheel with boards or paddles affixed around its circumference, partly immersed in water and rotated to propel a ship or boat.

pad′dle-wheel′ adj.
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paddle wheel

(Nautical Terms) a large wheel fitted with paddles, turned by an engine to propel a vessel on the water
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pad′dle wheel`

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a wheel for propelling a ship, having a number of paddles entering the water more or less perpendicularly.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paddle wheel - a large wheel fitted with paddles and driven by an engine in order to propel a boatpaddle wheel - a large wheel fitted with paddles and driven by an engine in order to propel a boat
paddle - a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel
paddle box, paddle-box - a wooden covering for the upper part of a paddlewheel
wheel - a simple machine consisting of a circular frame with spokes (or a solid disc) that can rotate on a shaft or axle (as in vehicles or other machines)
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She was a large paddle-wheel steamer of two thousand five hundred tons; well equipped and very fast.
Also he saw the river steamer Apache lying ahead of him, and a couple of deck-hands disentangling the shreds of his net from the paddle-wheel. In short, after he had gone to sleep, his fisherman's riding light had gone out, and the Apache had run over his net.
And all the while the thick-lipped leviathan is rushing through the deep, leaving tons of tumultuous white curds in his wake, and causing the slight boat to rock in the swells like a skiff caught nigh the paddle-wheels of an ocean steamer.
Our paddle-wheels stopped, their pulsing beat died away, and then they started again.
To your shouted remonstrances against that extortion this towering trunk with one hand on the engine-room telegraph only shook its bearded head above the splash, the racket, and the clouds of smoke in which the tug, backing and fill ing in the smother of churning paddle-wheels be haved like a ferocious and impatient creature.
The red floats of her paddle-wheels revolv ing with mad rapidity tore up the whole reach into foam.
As the paddle-wheels began to turn, and wharves and shipping to recede through the veil of heat, it seemed to Archer that everything in the old familiar world of habit was receding also.
These consisted of a few magnificently attired gentlemen from Houndsditch, who brought their own provisions, and could have bought half the gay people in the grand saloon; a few honest fellows with mustachios and portfolios, who set to sketching before they had been half an hour on board; one or two French femmes de chambre who began to be dreadfully ill by the time the boat had passed Greenwich; a groom or two who lounged in the neighbourhood of the horse-boxes under their charge, or leaned over the side by the paddle-wheels, and talked about who was good for the Leger, and what they stood to win or lose for the Goodwood cup.
The boat was built for speed; her two paddle-wheels were like two wings with which she skimmed the water like a bird.
Footesite Township Park has water access, swimming, and picnic tables and is adjacent to a privately owned company that offers paddle-wheel riverboat trips.
Reedijk, Dinuclear Paddle-Wheel Copper(II) Carboxylates in the Catalytic Oxidation of Carboxylic Acids.
Both candidates spoke about their concern about discolored public drinking water, expanding the use of Memorial Beach, and a controversial 75-foot paddle-wheel boat.