paddle

noun
pad·​dle | \ ˈpa-dᵊl How to pronounce paddle (audio) \

Definition of paddle

 (Entry 1 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 (1)
paddled; paddling\ ˈpad-​liŋ How to pronounce paddling (audio) , ˈpa-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

Definition of paddle (Entry 2 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

paddle

verb (2)
paddled; paddling

Definition of paddle (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to move the hands or feet about in shallow water
2 : toddle
3 archaic : to use the hands or fingers in toying or caressing

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: Noun Howell heightens the activity by whacking the bushes with a boat paddle. Don Wirth, Field & Stream, "How to Slam Postspawn Bass with a Buzzbait," 20 May 2020 Make a jump rope from recycled plastic bags or a paddle from a cereal box and use it to hit a ball. oregonlive, "Portland PE teacher shares fun ways to get kids moving at home: Chalk, jump rope, geocaching," 22 Apr. 2020 The sim rig is a tube frame with a seat mounted, a steering wheel with paddles to shift gears, just like in a real racing car, and brake and throttle... A.j. Baime, WSJ, "Meet the Teen Online Racing Whiz Pro Drivers Want to Know," 14 Apr. 2020 Treats are dispensed down a chute, and a small paddle flips them out and into the room. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Petcube Bites 2 lets you watch and treat your pets when you’re away," 26 Mar. 2020 Court documents allege that Roush, a family friend, could be seen on cell phone video beating Hurley with a paddle. Amanda Watts, CNN, "A 12-year-old Montana boy was found dead in a living room, police say grandparents and uncle 'tortured' him," 15 Feb. 2020 In a mixer fitted with a paddle, combine flour, water, olive oil, rosemary, sage and lemon zest, mixing on low speed until a dough forms. May Klisch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mingle tradition with new twists, diverse guests, for a richer Thanksgiving experience," 19 Nov. 2019 Two women, mother and daughter, were stirring a vat of white curdling cheese with a wooden paddle. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Yurts, Eagle Hunters and Rugged Solitude in Kyrgyzstan," 12 Oct. 2019 Before a paddle raise brought in over $700,000, CEO Mary Ellen Caron closed the program. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Nearly $3 million raised for After School Matters, which gives Chicago teens ‘the tools they need to survive’," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then there are travelers like me, always seeking opportunities for paddling while visiting a new destination. Dallas News, "Florida’s Venice has warm springs, shark teeth and more," 24 Mar. 2020 Then there are travelers like me, always seeking opportunities for paddling while visiting a new destination. cleveland, "Florida’s Venice has warm springs, shark teeth and more," 23 Feb. 2020 Mostert lies in the end zone, mimes paddling out on a board, then leaps up into a surf stance. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Mostert’s surfing pals revel in 49ers RB’s rise: ‘Everyone is hyped’," 27 Jan. 2020 Dragged by spirited participants ready to show off their paddling prowess, the objective of this short race was to paddle either on top of or while holding a floaty around a buoy and back. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "We Lost the Dirtybird Campout Spelling Bee and Other Festival Field Activity Reports," 8 Oct. 2019 Paddler and driver safety Richert said if someone chooses to paddle on the water, a life jacket and helmet are essential. Nyssa Kruse, Indianapolis Star, "Beware: All this rain is making the White River dangerous — and disgusting," 20 June 2019 Set within temperate rainforest along Bartlett Cove, the park’s only campground is gorgeously green (if a bit damp) and an easy jumping off point for paddling trips or boat tours. Sarah Feldberg, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Place to Camp in Each of the 50 States," 24 Feb. 2017 Police believe strong winds and heavy seas prevented the pair from paddling back to shore. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Kennedy child and mother accidentally drowned, Maryland medical examiner says," 14 Apr. 2020 Strong winds and heavy seas prevented them from paddling back to shore. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Body of 8-year-old Gideon McKean, great-grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, found after canoe accident," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of paddle

Noun

1624, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

1637, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paddle

Noun

Middle English padell spade-shaped tool for cleaning a plow

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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Time Traveler for paddle

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The first known use of paddle was in 1530

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Last Updated

26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Paddle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paddle. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for paddle

paddle

noun
How to pronounce paddle (audio)

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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