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

  • n. A usually wooden implement having a blade at one end or sometimes at both ends, used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat.
  • n. Any of various implements resembling the paddle of a boat or canoe, as:
  • n. An iron tool for stirring molten ore in a furnace.
  • n. A tool with a shovellike blade used to mix materials in glassmaking.
  • n. A potter's pallet.
  • n. A narrow board used to beat clothes when laundering by hand.
  • n. A flattened board used to administer physical punishment.
  • n. Sports A light wooden or plastic racket used in playing table tennis, platform tennis, and similar games.
  • n. A board on a paddle wheel.
  • n. A flipper or flattened appendage of certain animals.
  • n. Botany See pad1.
  • n. The act of paddling.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To propel a watercraft with paddles or a paddle.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To row slowly and gently.
  • intransitive v. To move through water by means of repeated short strokes of the limbs.
  • transitive v. Nautical To propel (a watercraft) with paddles or a paddle.
  • transitive v. Nautical To convey in a watercraft propelled by paddles.
  • transitive v. To spank or beat with a paddle, especially as a punishment.
  • transitive v. To stir or shape (material) with a paddle.
  • intransitive v. To dabble about in shallow water; splash gently with the hands or feet.
  • intransitive v. To move with a waddling motion; toddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A two-handed, single-bladed oar used to propel a canoe or a small boat.
  • n. A double-bladed oar used for kayaking.
  • n. Time spent on paddling.
  • n. A slat of a paddleboat's wheel.
  • n. A paddlewheel.
  • n. A blade of a waterwheel.
  • n. A game controller with a round wheel used to control player movement along one axis of the video screen.
  • n. A meandering walk or dabble through shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  • n. A kitchen utensil shaped like a paddle and used for mixing, beating etc.
  • n. A bat-shaped spanking implement
  • n. A ping-pong bat.
  • n. A flat limb of an aquatic animal, adapted for swimming.
  • n. In a sluice, a panel that controls the flow of water.
  • n. A group of inerts
  • v. To propel something through water with a paddle, oar or hands.
  • v. To row a boat with less than one's full capacity.
  • v. To spank with a paddle.
  • v. (UK) To walk or dabble playfully in shallow water, especially at the seaside.
  • v. To toddle
  • v. (intransitive) To toy or caress using hands or fingers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
  • n. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made
  • n. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
  • n. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough.
  • n. A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
  • n. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing.
  • n. See Paddle staff (b), below.
  • intransitive v. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To pat or stroke amorously, or gently.
  • transitive v. To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles.
  • transitive v. To pad; to tread upon; to trample.
  • transitive v. To spank with a paddle or as if with a paddle; -- usually as a disciplinary punishment of children.
  • transitive v. To mix (a viscous liquid) by stirring or beating with a paddle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To finger idly or fondly; toy or trifle with the fingers, as in fondling.
  • To dabble or play about in or as in water.
  • To sail or swim along or about with short strokes of a paddle or oar; row or move about or along by means of a paddle.
  • To move along by means of paddles or float-boards, as a steamboat.
  • To move in the water by means of webbed feet, flippers, or fins, as a duck, turtle, fish, penguin, etc.
  • To finger; play with; toy with.
  • To propel by paddle or oar: as, to paddle a canoe.
  • To strike with the open hand, or with some flat object, as a board; spank.
  • To throw the feet outward with a circular sweep when trotting: said of horses. Also dish.
  • In leather manuf., to wash or color by means of a paddle. See paddle, n., 8.
  • To pat, as the ore in a roasting-furnace, with the flat side of a paddle.
  • n. An oar; specifically, a sort of short oar having one blade or two (one at each end), held in the hands (not resting in the rowlock) and dipped into the water with a more or less vertical motion: used especially for propelling canoes.
  • n. The blade or broad part of an oar.
  • n. In zoology: A fore limb constructed to answer the purpose of a fin or flipper, as that of a penguin, a whale, a sea-turtle, a plesiosaurus, or an ichthyosaurus. See cuts under Ichthyosaurus and penguin.
  • n. In Ctenophora, one of the rows of cilia which run parallel with the longitudinal canals of the body; a ctenophore or paddle-row.
  • n. The long flat snout of the paddle-fish.
  • n. One of the float-boards placed on the circumference of the paddle-wheel of a steamboat.
  • n. A panel made to fit the openings left in lock-gates and sluices for the purpose of letting the water in and out as may be required; a clough.
  • n. An implement with a flat broad blade and a handle, resembling a paddle.
  • n. The lump-fish, Cyclopterus lumpus. See pad-dlecock. Also cockpaidle.
  • n. A small spade, especially a small spade used to clean a plow; a plow-staff; a paddle-staff.
  • n.
  • n. A tank containing a revolving wheel or paddle for washing, tanning, or coloring skins.

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

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


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

Middle English padell, tool used to clean plowshares, perhaps from Medieval Latin padela.
Perhaps of Low German origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English padell (1407, "small spade"), from Medieval Latin padela, perhaps from Latin patella "pan, plate", the diminutive of patina

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since 1530, probably cognate with Low German paddeln "to tramp about," frequent. of padjen "to tramp, to run in short steps," from pad (also in Dutch dialects)



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