Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shaft by means of which the paddle-wheels of a steamboat are driven.

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Examples

  • There was thus, for a time, an end of the steam hammer required for forging the paddle-shaft of the Great Britain.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • I told him that I felt assured he would now be able to overcome his difficulty, and that the paddle-shaft of the Great Britain might now be forged.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • But the paddle-shaft of the Great Britain was never forged.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • The labour, the anxiety, and perhaps the disappointment, proved too much for him, and a brain-fever carried him off; so that neither his great paddle-shaft nor Mr. Nasmyth's steam-hammer to forge it was any longer needed.

    Industrial Biography

  • The engines were in hand, when a difficulty arose with respect to the enormous paddle-shaft of the vessel, which was of such a size of forging as had never before been executed.

    Industrial Biography

  • The paddle-shaft of the "Great Britain" was, however, never forged.

    Industrial Biography

  • "I find," he said, "that there is not a forge hammer in England or Scotland powerful enough to forge the intermediate paddle-shaft of the engines for the Great Britain!

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography.

  • "I find," said he, "there is not a forge-hammer in England or Scotland powerful enough to forge the paddle-shaft of the engines for the 'Great Britain!'

    Industrial Biography

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