paddle wheel


Definition of paddle wheel

: a wheel with paddles around its circumference used to propel a boat

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Beavers chewed at arms that cranked the paddle wheel. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Tornado sunk this Kansas cruise boat in 1978, killing 16. Owners hope it floats again.," 22 June 2018 The casinos also would no longer need an operating paddle wheel, under Senate Bill 316, which Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, is proposing. Julia O'donoghue,, "Louisiana Legislature quickly moving gambling changes sought by industry," 26 Mar. 2018 His is a forward-looking fish farm, with electric paddle wheels to keep the water oxygenated. The Economist, "How the growth of cities changes farming," 15 Feb. 2018 That left the vessels permanently docked - but still required to maintain an operational paddle wheel and a maritime crew. Greg Larose,, "New Orleans airport throws its own Mardi Gras season parade for travelers: Fox 8," 10 Feb. 2018 The former pleasure cruiser was 180 feet long, with paddle wheels on both sides of its hull. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of Dunkirk, As Told Through the Heroism of the “Medway Queen”," 19 July 2017 On one overnight trip across the Channel, the ship’s paddle wheels churned up the glowing phosphorescence in the water, leaving a visible wake that made the 180-foot ship an easy target for German bombers. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of Dunkirk, As Told Through the Heroism of the “Medway Queen”," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of paddle wheel

1685, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paddle wheel

: a wheel that moves through water as it turns and has a series of paddles around its outer edge

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Kids Definition of paddle wheel

: a wheel with broad boards near its outer edge used to make a boat move

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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