paddle

verb (1)
pad·​dle | \ ˈpa-dᵊl How to pronounce paddle (audio) \
paddled; paddling\ ˈpad-​liŋ How to pronounce paddling (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of paddle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

paddle

noun

Definition of paddle (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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

paddle

verb (2)
paddled; paddling\ ˈpad-​liŋ How to pronounce paddling (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of paddle (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to go on or through water by or as if by means of a paddle or paddle wheel

transitive verb

1a : to propel by a paddle
b : to transport in a paddled craft paddled us to shore in his canoe
2a : 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

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Other Words from paddle

Verb (1)

paddler \ ˈpad-​lər How to pronounce paddler (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Verb (2)

paddler \ ˈpad-​lər How to pronounce paddler (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​ər \ noun

Examples of paddle in a Sentence

Noun

Use the mixer's paddle attachment to mix the dough. The potter used a paddle to shape the clay.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Take it outside, Part 2 Start Sunday with some java — and then paddle down the river. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 things you should be doing in Milwaukee this weekend (besides the last days of Summerfest 2019)," 3 July 2019 And sailing boats had not yet appeared, So Kaifu’s team has been building and testing watercraft that prehistoric seafarers might have paddled. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Explorers to voyage to Japan in primitive boat in hopes of unlocking an ancient mystery," 2 July 2019 Photo: Randy Schmidt Turtles have long paddled around the courtyard fountain at Brennan’s in New Orleans. Alina Dizik, WSJ, "Fancy Restaurants Offer Fancy Baby Sitting to Attract Fancy Families," 26 June 2019 The competition’s second-place honor went to Wild Thang, a bushy-haired Pekingese who once contracted distemper, a viral disease that left Wild Thang with slight paralysis of the jaw and a front leg that never stops paddling. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Meet Scamp the Tramp, the World’s Ugliest Dog," 25 June 2019 Footage of tarantula paddling through water at a Texas state park has recently resurfaced online. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Here's Your Friendly Video Reminder that Tarantula Spiders Know How to Swim," 21 June 2019 Hike the Seven Sisters mountain chain to photograph panoramas of the North Sea; and explore the region's spectacular fjords by kayak, paddling beneath towering cliffs laced with waterfalls. National Geographic, "Norway High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Step 5 For the frosting: Wipe the same mixing bowl and paddle attachment or beaters with a paper towel, if necessary, then add the butter and cream cheese and beat on medium-high speed until smooth. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, "With cream cheese frosting and festive sprinkles, this one-bowl cake is an everyday celebration," 10 June 2019 As the Raptors gained confidence and rhythm, Golden State found itself paddling upstream the rest of the night. Jeff Faraudo, The Mercury News, "No panic in Draymond Green, but is this team capable of a comeback?," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

One of the times he was hit with a paddle, the student started crying. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "Miami University hazing case: 'Please do not say anything that would threaten the future of the fraternity'," 27 June 2019 Porsche has mated that new engine to an undated version of its eight-speed automatic transmission, fitted with paddle shifters, that the company boasts will offer quicker shifting and better throttle response. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, "Porsche’s 2019 Cayenne Turbo can haul your groceries from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds," 21 June 2019 Capture the magic of the medieval architecture of Old Town, practice your street photography with locals and tourists alike, and catch a different view of the city from a paddle boat on the Vltava River. National Geographic, "Prague High School Photography Workshop," 17 June 2019 The Premium package also gets paddle-shifters to shuffle gears. WSJ, "Is the Mazda3 Hatchback The Best Car of 2019?," 14 June 2019 The transmission simulates eight speeds in manual mode, with big steering wheel paddle shifters to flick off gear changes. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 Add the potato chips and pretzels and paddle, still on low speed, until just incorporated. Christina Tosi, latimes.com, "Milk Bar’s famous Compost Cookies recipe from Christina Tosi," 19 June 2019 Officers saw Walsh in a blue kayak and red paddle following a swan, raising a shotgun to his shoulder and firing the gun at the swan. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Lino Lakes man charged with shooting and killing two protected swans," 18 June 2019 Unofficial totals exceeding $310,000 for the live auction and $760,000 for the paddle-raise will likely propel this event’s total net above $1.5 million. Vincent Andrunas, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Making dreams come true," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of paddle

Verb (1)

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1637, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for paddle

Verb (1)

origin unknown

Noun

Middle English padell spade-shaped tool for cleaning a plow

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paddle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of paddle

: 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)
US : 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

verb
pad·​dle | \ ˈpa-dᵊl How to pronounce paddle (audio) \
paddled; paddling

Kids Definition of paddle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

paddle

noun

Kids Definition of paddle (Entry 2 of 3)

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

paddle

verb
paddled; paddling

Kids Definition of paddle (Entry 3 of 3)

: to move or splash about in the water

paddle

noun
pad·​dle | \ ˈpad-ᵊl How to pronounce paddle (audio) \

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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