paddle


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paddle

1. a short light oar with a flat blade at one or both ends, used without a rowlock to propel a canoe or small boat
2. a blade of a water wheel or paddle wheel
3. a period of paddling
4. 
a. a paddle wheel used to propel a boat
b. (as modifier): a paddle steamer
5. the sliding panel in a lock or sluicegate that regulates the level or flow of water
6. a table-tennis bat
7. the flattened limb of a seal, turtle, or similar aquatic animal, specialized for swimming

paddle

[′pad·əl]
(aerospace engineering)
A large, flat, paddle-shaped support for solar cells, used on some satellites.
(design engineering)
Any of various implements consisting of a shaft with a broad, flat blade or bladelike part at one or both ends.

paddle

A flat plastering tool used to clean out or to finish an angle or corner.

Paddle

A language for transformations leading from specification to program. Used in the POPART programming environment generator.
References in classic literature ?
A powerful and dexterous sweep of Mohegan's paddle sent the canoe directly over the spot where the steward had fallen, and a loud shout from the Leather-Stocking announced that he saw the body.
In this way they swept, in full song and with regular flourish of the paddle, round New York, in a still summer evening, to the wonder and admiration of its inhabitants, who had never before witnessed on their waters, a nautical apparition of the kind.
With silent paddle I swung slowly into the wake of the larger craft.
We were a little past Goring then, and we decided to paddle on to Pangbourne, and put up there for the night.
Then I grasped the paddle, and with feverish haste urged the awkward, wobbly thing out upon the surface of the sea.
Then, with savage shouts, they fell once more to their paddles and forged rapidly toward us.
He roused abruptly at the faint wash of paddles which he was the first on board to hear.
Then he saw himself, sitting forward in the canoe as he had often sat in the past, dipping a paddle that waited Moti's word to dig in like mad when the turquoise wall of the great breaker rose behind them.
The ancient obediently dipped his paddle and started pottering an erratic course in the general direction of the cluster of lights that marked the Makambo.
The wedges in the paddle lashing worked loose, and she lost much time, at frequent intervals, in driving them tight.
The steersman dug his paddle into the stream, and held hard with stiffened arms, his body thrown forward.
As to myself, it was determined that I should be set adrift in a small canoe, with paddles and a sail, and four days' provisions; which last, the Japanese captain was so kind to double out of his own stores, and would permit no man to search me.