paddle

16 ENTRIES FOUND:

1pad·dle

verb \ˈpa-dəl\
pad·dledpad·dling \ˈpad-liŋ, ˈpa-dəl-iŋ\

Definition of PADDLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to move the hands or feet about in shallow water
2
archaic :  to use the hands or fingers in toying or caressing
3
:  toddle
pad·dler \ˈpad-lər, ˈpa-dəl-ər\ noun

Origin of PADDLE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with PADDLE

2paddle

noun

: a long, usually wooden pole that has a wide, flat part at the end and is used to move and steer a small boat (such as a canoe)

: an object with a short handle and a wide, flat part that is used to hit the ball in various games (such as table tennis)

: any one of various tools or devices that are wide, flat, and thin

Full Definition of PADDLE

1
a :  a usually wooden implement that has a long handle and a broad flattened blade and that is used to propel and steer a small craft (as a canoe)
b :  an implement often with a short handle and a broad flat blade that is used for stirring, mixing, or hitting; especially :  one used to hit a ball in any of various games (as table tennis)
c :  a small usually numbered sign that is raised by a bidder at an auction to signal a bid
d :  a flat electrode that is the part of a defibrillator placed on the chest of a patient and through which a shock of electricity is discharged
2
a :  any of the broad boards at the circumference of a paddle wheel or waterwheel
b :  any of the broad blades attached to a shaft (as in an ice cream machine) and used for stirring
3
:  a computer input device with a dial used to control linear movement of a cursor on a computer display

Examples of PADDLE

  1. Use the mixer's paddle attachment to mix the dough.
  2. The potter used a paddle to shape the clay.

Origin of PADDLE

Middle English padell spade-shaped tool for cleaning a plow
First Known Use: 1624

Rhymes with PADDLE

3paddle

verb
pad·dledpad·dling \ˈpad-liŋ, ˈpa-dəl-iŋ\

Definition of PADDLE

intransitive verb
:  to go on or through water by or as if by means of a paddle or paddle wheel
transitive verb
1
a :  to propel by a paddle
b :  to transport in a paddled craft <paddled us to shore in his canoe>
2
a :  to beat or stir with or as if with a paddle (as in washing or dyeing)
b :  to punish by or as if by beating with a paddle
pad·dler \ˈpad-lər, ˈpa-dəl-ər\ noun

First Known Use of PADDLE

1677

pad·dle

noun \ˈpad-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PADDLE

: a flat electrode that is the part of a defibrillator placed on the chest of a patient and through which a shock of electricity is discharged—called also paddle electrode

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