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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.
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They paddled on up the river, the dusky Indians now and then breaking out into a chant that seemed to give their muscles new energy.
No, no," continued the scout, looking back at the dim shore of William Henry, which was now fast receding, and laughing in his own silent but heartfelt manner; "I have put a trail of water atween us; and unless the imps can make friends with the fishes, and hear who has paddled across their basin this fine morning, we shall throw the length of the Horican behind us before they have made up their minds which path to take.
After that, he learned to lie in a beach pool and let the wash of the waves just cover him and lift him up while he paddled, but he always kept his eye open for big waves that might hurt.
Vixen retreated to the protection of my whip, and the bull paddled back smiling more than ever, covered with the blood of his enemies.
He paddled along swiftly till he came to a culvert, and dropped behind it, his chin on a level with the coping-stone.
asked Father Brown, as the girl in the canoe paddled off, without showing the least intention of extending her interest from the tower to the yacht, which Fanshaw had already caused to lie alongside the island.
Then he got up, paddled about, rearranged the ballast bags on the floor, watched the clouds for a time, and turned over the maps on the locker.
The swans had tried to drag him and Montmorency out of the boat and drown them; and he had defended himself like a hero for four hours, and had killed the lot, and they had all paddled away to die.
I warned them that they would get the worst of it if they didn't leave us alone, but they only shouted in derision and paddled swiftly toward us.
The next few days Tarzan devoted to the weaving of a barkcloth sail with which to equip the canoe, for he despaired of being able to teach the apes to wield the paddles, though he did manage to get several of them to embark in the frail craft which he and Mugambi paddled about inside the reef where the water was quite smooth.
Then they dropped down the river with the current, and paddled about above the gorge for half an hour.
He had had the couch taken out on the veranda, and he was lying on it when the canoes paddled in and hauled out on the beach.