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Definition of PADDLE

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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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon. --Deut. xxiii. 13. [1913 Webster]

     3. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel. [1913 Webster]

     4. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called {clough}. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Zool.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle. [1913 Webster]

     6. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing. [1913 Webster]

     7. [In this sense prob. for older spaddle, a dim. of spade.] See {Paddle staff} (b), below. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster] paddlebox

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Paddle \Pad"dle\, v. i. [Prob. for pattle, and a dim. of pat, v.; cf. also E. pad to tread, Prov. G. paddeln, padden, to walk with short steps, to paddle, G. patschen to splash, dash, dabble, F. patouiller to dabble, splash, fr. patte a paw. [root]21.]
     1. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To dabble in water with hands or feet; to use a paddle, or something which serves as a paddle, in swimming, in paddling a boat, etc. [1913 Webster]

              As the men were paddling for their lives.
                                                    --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

              While paddling ducks the standing lake desire.
                                                    --Gay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Paddle \Pad"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Paddling}]
     1. To pat or stroke amorously, or gently. [Obsolescent] [1913 Webster]

              To be paddling palms and pinching fingers. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles. [1913 Webster]

     3. To pad; to tread upon; to trample. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

     4. To spank with a paddle or as if with a paddle; -- usually as a disciplinary punishment of children. [PJC]

     5. To mix (a viscous liquid) by stirring or beating with a paddle. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

195 Moby Thesaurus words for "paddle":
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