Origin of paddle
First Known Use: 1530
Simple Definition of paddle
: 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
Use the mixer's paddle attachment to mix the dough.
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
Definition of paddle
pad·dledpad·dling play \ˈpad-liŋ, ˈpa-dəl-iŋ\
: to go on or through water by or as if by means of a paddle or paddle wheel
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
First Known Use of paddle
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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