paddle wheel


Definition of 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 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 Local man Gary Lefebvre spotted the first paddle wheel while working through a list of 3,000 sonar targets, reports Austin Danforth for the Burlington Free Press. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Sep. 2020 Lefebvre discovered a second paddle wheel in the vicinity of the first on a second trip. Allen Kim, CNN, 9 Sep. 2020 Samuel Morse’s telegraph, John A. Peer’s gear-cutting machine and Henry Williams’s steamboat paddle wheel. Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2020 Until modern times, the operation was powered by water; on a wall was an old photo of Degrange’s father and grandfather, seated before a mill paddle wheel three times their height. Bill Buford, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2020 Evers signed more than 60 bills on Tuesday and vetoed two related to games, including one that would have allowed any business with a Class B gambling license to hold raffles using a paddle wheel. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Mar. 2020 There, the Empress – which is partially propelled with a large red paddle wheel on the rear of the boat – was waiting for us while docked on the Snake River across from Lewiston, Idaho. Dan Fellner, azcentral, 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of paddle wheel

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 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for paddle wheel

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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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