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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a steamboat with a paddle wheel on each side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a paddle wheel on each side; said of steam vessels.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a paddle wheel on each side; -- said of steam vessels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wheel placed at the side, as of a machine or a vehicle; specifically, one of a pair of paddle-wheels at the sides of a steam-vessel, as distinguished from the single stern-wheel used on some steamboats.
  • Having side-wheels: as, a side-wheel steamer.


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  • The New York was a side-wheel steamer that foundered during a hurricane about 60 miles off the coast of Cameron, Louisiana in 1846.

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  • The next major technological advance was the side-wheel mower, which had wheels on either side of the cutting cylinder that directly drove it.

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  • Sam packed a trunk, and on March 11, the cash from Bliss in his pocket, he boarded the side-wheel steamer Henry Chauncey for Panama.

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  • A side-wheel river steamer, the USS Black Hawk served as the flagship of the Mississippi River Squadron during the Civil War.

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  • Docked closer inshore on the pier was a two-masted, black-hulled schooner with a single side-wheel and a thin runnel.

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  • Evening saw us at Cincinnati and Cassy was in a fever of anxiety for the boat to move off again; Cincinnati, although on the Ohio side, was a great place for slave-catchers, and she cried with relief when the side-wheel started at last and we churned on upriver.

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  • The side-wheel reigned supreme among British war-steamers, although some of the altered liners which cut such an imposing figure till the

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  • Under her skilful commander, Lockwood, this little side-wheel steamer had already acquired fame as a successful blockade-runner, and was destined to continue successful to the end of her career.

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  • As I never undressed at night, while at sea in command during the war, I was out upon the deck in a moment; and then I saw distant two or three miles and directly in our former course, a large side-wheel steamer.

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  • She was a side-wheel of light draft, very strongly built and reputed to be of great speed.

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