paddle wheel

noun

Definition of paddle wheel

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

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PADDLE WHEEL Defined for English Language Learners

paddle wheel

Definition of paddle wheel for English Language Learners

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


PADDLE WHEEL Defined for Kids

paddle wheel

noun

Definition of paddle wheel for Students

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

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