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Meaning of PADDLE

Pronunciation:  'padl

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

PADDLE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
  2. \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.]
  3. \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
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