from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a paddle wheel attached to the stern of the steamboat which it propels.
  • adj. Having a paddle wheel at the stern.


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  • But he held his tongue and went to work, and one day the defiant whistle of a crazy stern-wheel tub saluted the midnight sun on the dank river-stretch by


  • The steamer "Chapala" is a flat-bottom stern-wheel boat, very like those that are common on the shallow rivers of the West; the only boats adapted to shoal-water service.

    Did you know? Steamboats on Lake Chapala.

  • They boarded a steamer for a short lake voyage and then headed down the San Juan River toward the Atlantic Coast aboard another stern-wheel boat.

    Mark Twain

  • This river, even one hundred and fifty miles from its mouth at Kwala Kangsa, is two hundred yards wide, and might easily be ascended by “stern-wheel” boats drawing a foot of water, such as those which ply on the upper Mississippi.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • On the river abreast of the leading brigade moved masses of heavily-laden sailing-boats towed by a score of stern-wheel steamers, and from this mass there emerged gleaming grimly seven or eight large white gunboats ready for action.


  • Meanwhile the flat-bottomed gunboats and stern-wheel steamers, drawing endless tows of sailing boats carrying our supplies, had safely negotiated the cataract, and by the 27th all our forces, desert and river, were concentrated South of the Shabluka hills with only five clear marches over open plain to the city of our quest.


  • When he reached St. Joseph, Missouri, he could have taken the only line of railroad across the state to return to Illinois, but instead he had gone aboard a stern-wheel steamboat that toiled up the Missouri River for nearly two hundred miles to Council Bluffs.

    Nothing Like It in the World The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

  • Hope brightened as the smoke traced its way along the course of the river, and, in time, the smallest specimen of a flat-bottomed, stern-wheel steamboat came in sight, recognized the signal and made its way, with difficulty, to the landing.

    Bond and Free: A Tale of the South

  • The Kheperans carried on considerable river-traffic, with stern-wheel steamboats, and the waterfront was lined with warehouses crammed with every sort of merchandise.

    Space Viking

  • There was a great commotion in the bush; the shower of arrows stopped, a few drop - ping shots rang out sharply -- then silence, in which the languid beat of the stern-wheel came plainly to my ears.

    Heart of Darkness


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