Definitions for: Paddle

[n] a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat
[n] an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board
[n] a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel
[n] small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games
[v] stir with a paddle
[v] give a spanking to; subject to a spanking
[v] walk unsteadily, as of small children
[v] propel with a paddle
[v] swim like a dog; in shallow water
[v] play in or as if in water, as of small children

Webster (1913) Definition: 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. ?.]
1. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing
strokes. [Obs.] --Shak.

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.

As the men were paddling for their lives.

While paddling ducks the standing lake desire.

Pad"dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paddled; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To pat or stroke amorously, or gently.

To be paddling palms and pinching fingers. --Shak.

2. To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles.

3. To pad; to tread upon; to trample. [Prov. Eng.]

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.

2. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made;
hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a

Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon. --Deut.
xxiii. 13.

3. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference
of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.

4. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off
water; -- also called clough.

5. (Zo["o]l.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.

6. A paddle-shaped implement for string or mixing.

7. [In this sense prob. for older spaddle, a dim. of spade.]
See Paddle staff (b), below. [Prov. Eng.]

Paddle beam (Shipbuilding), one of two large timbers
supporting the spring beam and paddle box of a steam

Paddle board. See Paddle, n., 3.

Paddle box, the structure inclosing the upper part of the
paddle wheel of a steam vessel.

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

Synonyms: boat paddle, coggle, dabble, dodder, larrup, spank, splash around, toddle, totter, waddle

See Also: bat, beat, beat up, blade, boat, feather, instrument of punishment, millwheel, oar, paddle wheel, paddlewheel, pingpong paddle, play, square, stir, swim, table-tennis bat, table-tennis racquet, vane, walk, work over

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