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

  • n. A side-wheel steamboat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A side-wheel steamboat.

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

  • n. a paddle steamer having a paddle wheel on each side


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  • At first Luke thought that perhaps it resembled a side-wheeler, but there was no indication that such a vessel had ever sunk in that location.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • Marsh's career and company is saved, and he is soon the captain of the Fevre Dream, the greatest side-wheeler to ever run the river.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • After opening his first casino aboard his side-wheeler, the President, in Davenport in 1991, he took President Casinos Inc. public and later opened additional gambling boats in St. Louis and Biloxi, Miss.

    Restless Entrepreneur Spawned Empire, From Gambling Boats to Vatican Trinkets

  • Some were steam-powered: side-wheeler tugs, hauling barges and pulling the big ships into the harbor; ferries crisscrossing from Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem Village, New Jersey, Staten Island; huge commercial and navy steamers—all belching smoke from their tall black stacks.

    Hanging Captain Gordon

  • A 1,428-ton side-wheeler with two masts, she had patrolled against blockade runners around the Chesapeake Bay as a Federal gunship during the war.

    Mark Twain

  • The New York Press 2/20/1910 describes him as a “side-wheeler.”

    The Neyer/James Guide To Pitchers

  • Along with the side-wheeler, fishing vessels and lumber barges crowded the harbor.

    The Lightkeeper

  • Mary spotted the side-wheeler T.J. Potter at anchor awaiting the tide.

    The Lightkeeper

  • That was probably the coastal side-wheeler to Yllith, the enormous island which stood a-thwart the Upper Bay, barring the Gulf of Sfath as a whole from the equatorial sea.

    A Case Of Conscience

  • It was just the kind of steamer, any one would say, to be running on the Chuckatuck -- a fat, wheezy side-wheeler that came up to its landing near us with three hearty whistles and such a jovial puffing as seemed to say, "Now, I'm certainly mighty glad to get back again to you all."

    Virginia: the Old Dominion


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