paddle


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Paddle \Pad"dle\, n. [See Paddle, v. i.]
   1. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a
      fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
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   2. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made;
      hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a
      paddle, such as that used in table tennis.
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            Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon. --Deut.
                                                  xxiii. 13.
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   3. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference
      of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
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   4. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off
      water; -- also called clough.
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   5. (Zool.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
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   6. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing.
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   7. [In this sense prob. for older spaddle, a dim. of spade.]
      See Paddle staff (b), below. [Prov. Eng.]
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   Paddle beam (Shipbuilding), one of two large timbers
      supporting the spring beam and paddle box of a steam
      vessel.

   Paddle board. See Paddle, n., 3.

   Paddle shaft, the revolving shaft which carries the paddle
      wheel of a steam vessel.

   Paddle staff.
      (a) A staff tipped with a broad blade, used by mole
          catchers. [Prov. Eng.]
      (b) A long-handled spade used to clean a plowshare; --
          called also plow staff. [Prov. Eng.]

   Paddle steamer, a steam vessel propelled by paddle wheels,
      in distinction from a screw propeller.

   Paddle wheel, the propelling wheel of a steam vessel,
      having paddles (or floats) on its circumference, and
      revolving in a vertical plane parallel to the vessel's
      length.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Paddle \Pad"dle\, v. i. [Prob. for pattle, and a dim. of pat,
   v.; cf. also E. pad to tread, Prov. G. paddeln, padden, to
   walk with short steps, to paddle, G. patschen to splash,
   dash, dabble, F. patouiller to dabble, splash, fr. patte a
   paw. [root]21.]
   1. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing
      strokes. [Obs.] --Shak.
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   2. To dabble in water with hands or feet; to use a paddle, or
      something which serves as a paddle, in swimming, in
      paddling a boat, etc.
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            As the men were paddling for their lives.
                                                  --L'Estrange.
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            While paddling ducks the standing lake desire.
                                                  --Gay.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Paddle \Pad"dle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paddled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Paddling]
   1. To pat or stroke amorously, or gently. [Obsolescent]
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            To be paddling palms and pinching fingers. --Shak.
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   2. To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles.
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   3. To pad; to tread upon; to trample. [Prov. Eng.]
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   4. To spank with a paddle or as if with a paddle; -- usually
      as a disciplinary punishment of children.
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   5. To mix (a viscous liquid) by stirring or beating with a
      paddle.
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