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paddle

play
verb pad·dle \ ˈpa-dᵊl \

Definition of paddle

paddled; paddling play \ˈpad-liŋ, ˈpa-dᵊl-iŋ\
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

paddler

play \ˈpad-lər, ˈpa-dᵊl-ər\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of paddle

origin unknown


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paddle

noun

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 (such 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 (such 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 in a Sentence

  1. Use the mixer's paddle attachment to mix the dough.

  2. The potter used a paddle to shape the clay.

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Origin and Etymology of paddle

Middle English padell spade-shaped tool for cleaning a plow


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paddle

verb

Definition of paddle

paddled; paddling play \ˈpad-liŋ, ˈpa-dᵊl-iŋ\
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

paddler

play \ˈpad-lər, ˈpa-dᵊl-ər\ noun

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First Known Use of paddle

1637



PADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

paddle

noun

Definition of paddle for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PADDLE Defined for Kids

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paddle

play
verb pad·dle \ ˈpa-dᵊl \

Definition of paddle for Students

paddled; paddling
1 :to move or drive forward with an instrument like an oar or with short quick movements of hands and feet
2 :to stir, mix, or beat with a paddle

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paddle

noun

Definition of paddle for Students

1 :an instrument like an oar used in moving and steering a small boat (as a canoe)
2 :an implement having a broad flat end and used for beating, mixing, or hitting
3 :one of the broad boards at the outer edge of a waterwheel or a paddle wheel

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paddle

verb

Definition of paddle for Students

paddled; paddling
:to move or splash about in the water

Medical Dictionary

paddle

play
noun pad·dle \ ˈpad-ᵊl \

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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