paddle-wheel steamer


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paddle-wheel steamer

[′pad·əl ‚wēl ‚stēm·ər]
(naval architecture)
A steamer propelled by a wheel or wheels having long paddles, some of which are curved and feathering; the wheel revolves in a vertical plane parallel to the length of the ship; one type of craft has a wide stern wheel, and the other type has two narrow side wheels.
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