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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wheel with boards or paddles affixed around its circumference, usually driven by steam to propel a ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large wheel, fitted with paddles, used to propel a vessel (especially a paddle steamer)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wheel (generally one of two placed at the sides of a steam-vessel) provided with boards or floats on its circumference, and driven by steam, for the propulsion of the vessel.
  • n. A wheel fitted with paddles, used to aid, by its revolution, in certain washing operations, as in leather-manufacture, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large wheel fitted with paddles and driven by an engine in order to propel a boat
  • n. a large wheel fitted with paddles and driven by an engine in order to propel a boat

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