paddle wheel


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

Examples of paddle wheel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Catawba Queen is a replica Mississippi River paddle wheel boat that seats 149 passengers. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 16 Apr. 2024 The rear of the boat, where the Dixie II has its paddle wheel, is the stern, and that’s why she may be called a stern-wheeler. Reed Parsell, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 Built in Delaware in 1888, St. Lucie was a 122-foot-long stern paddle wheel steamship with 14 staterooms and 3 decks. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 The Sultana was a Civil War-era paddle wheel steamboat which exploded and burned on the Mississippi River on April 27, 1865. Paige Eichkorn, Arkansas Online, 12 Nov. 2022 Shallow waters in Mjosa, the country’s largest lake, kept its famed Skibladner paddle wheel boat tied up at port and prompted city officials in Oslo to send out text messages urging people to take shorter showers and avoid watering lawns. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2022 American Queen Voyages offers several cruises along the Mississippi on paddle wheel steamboats like the American Queen. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 21 Dec. 2021 In the second ad, algae is grown in little dishes, cultivated in a tiny seawater pond, and kept circulating by a minuscule paddle wheel. Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2020 Chris Sabick identified the wreckage as being a paddle wheel belonging to the steamboat Phoenix. Allen Kim, CNN, 9 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1685, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paddle wheel was in 1685

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“Paddle wheel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

paddle wheel

: a wheel with boards around its outer edge used to move a vessel

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