from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The box or sheath, of curved upper outline, which covers a paddle-wheel of a side-wheel steamer, to protect it and to keep it from throwing water on board the vessel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a wooden covering for the upper part of the paddle wheel of a steam vessel.

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

  • noun a wooden covering for the upper part of a paddlewheel
  • noun a wooden covering for the upper part of a paddlewheel


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  • The stout old pilot was the real skipper; and now that the vessel had come to anchor, he turned from his lighter duties to the grave pastime of the day, and fished earnestly through a large hole in the paddlebox, -- the porgies that came to his allurements arriving at their destination by a series of flapping manoeuvres from blade to blade of the wheel.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • While I stood admiring this work of art, a fat wheezy steamtug, with the word AJAX in staring black letters on the paddlebox, came puffing up alongside the Typhoon.

    The Story of a Bad Boy

  • When the steamer returned she had scarcely a vestige of bulwark or paddlebox left: all had been smashed and carried away by the force of the sea.

    The Civil War in America


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