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PAD'DLE, v.i. [L. pes,pedis,the foot, and this is allied to Gr., to tread.]

1. To row; to beat the water, as with oars.

2. To play in the water with the hands, as children; or with the feet, as fowls or other animals.

3. To finger.

PAD'DLE, v.t. To propel by an oar or paddle.

PAD'DLE, n. [In L. batillus is a paddle-staff; in Gr. a pole.]

1. An oar, but not a large oar. It is now applied to a sort of short oar used in propelling and steering canoes and boats.

2. The blade or the broad part of an oar or weapon.

Thou shalt have a paddle on thy weapon. Deut.23.



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PAD'DLE, v.i. [L. pes,pedis,the foot, and this is allied to Gr., to tread.]

1. To row; to beat the water, as with oars.

2. To play in the water with the hands, as children; or with the feet, as fowls or other animals.

3. To finger.

PAD'DLE, v.t. To propel by an oar or paddle.

PAD'DLE, n. [In L. batillus is a paddle-staff; in Gr. a pole.]

1. An oar, but not a large oar. It is now applied to a sort of short oar used in propelling and steering canoes and boats.

2. The blade or the broad part of an oar or weapon.

Thou shalt have a paddle on thy weapon. Deut.23.

PAD'DLE, n. [In L. batillus is a paddle-staff; in Gr. πατταλος is a pole; in W. padell is a pan. The latter would express the broad part of an oar; but it may have no connection with paddle.]

  1. An oar, but not a large oar. It is now applied to a sort of short oar used in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
  2. The blade or the broad part of an oar or weapon. Thou shalt have a paddle on thy weapon. Deut. xxiii.

PAD'DLE, v.i. [The French patrouiller signifies to paw, to paddle, and hence the English patrol. This word seems to be from patte, a paw, allied perhaps to L. pes, pedis, the foot, and this is allied to the Gr. πατεω, to tread. To paddle, then, is to use the paw. But perhaps it is from the noun, – which see.]

  1. To row; to beat the water, as with oars. – Gay.
  2. To play in the water with the hands, as children; or with the feet, as fowls or other animals.
  3. To finger. – Shak.

PAD'DLE, v.t.

To propel by an oar or paddle.


Pad"dle
  1. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  2. To pat or stroke amorously, or gently.

    To be paddling palms and pinching fingers. Shak.

  3. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
  4. To dabble in water with hands or feet; to use a paddle, or something which serves as a paddle, in swimming, in paddling a boat, etc.

    As the men were paddling for their lives. L'Estrange.

    While paddling ducks the standing lake desire. Gay.

  5. To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles.
  6. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle.

    Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon. Deut. xxiii. 13.

  7. To pad] to tread upon; to trample.

    [Prov. Eng.]
  8. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
  9. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough.
  10. A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
  11. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing.
  12. See Paddle staff (b), below.

    [Prov. Eng.]

    Paddle beam (Shipbuilding), one of two large timbers supporting the spring beam and paddle box of a steam vessel. -- Paddle board. See Paddle, n., 3. -- Paddle box, the structure inclosing the upper part of the paddle wheel of a steam vessel. -- Paddle shaft, the revolving shaft which carries the paddle wheel of a steam vessel. -- Paddle staff. (a) A staff tipped with a broad blade, used by mole catchers. [Prov. Eng.] (b) A long-handled spade used to clean a plowshare; -- called also plow staff. [Prov. Eng.] -- Paddle steamer, a steam vessel propelled by paddle wheels, in distinction from a screw propeller. -- Paddle wheel, the propelling wheel of a steam vessel, having paddles (or floats) on its circumference, and revolving in a vertical plane parallel to the vessel's length.

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Paddle

PAD'DLE, verb intransitive [Latin pes, pedis, the foot, and this is allied to Gr., to tread.]

1. To row; to beat the water, as with oars.

2. To play in the water with the hands, as children; or with the feet, as fowls or other animals.

3. To finger.

PAD'DLE, verb transitive To propel by an oar or paddle

PAD'DLE, noun [In Latin batillus is a paddle-staff; in Gr. a pole.]

1. An oar, but not a large oar. It is now applied to a sort of short oar used in propelling and steering canoes and boats.

2. The blade or the broad part of an oar or weapon.

Thou shalt have a paddle on thy weapon. Deuteronomy 23:13.

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