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paddle

Definitions

  • How to use the paddle and a flat-bottomed rowboat
    How to use the paddle and a flat-bottomed rowboat
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v paddle stir with a paddle
    • v paddle give a spanking to; subject to a spanking
    • v paddle walk unsteadily "small children toddle"
    • v paddle propel with a paddle "paddle your own canoe"
    • v paddle swim like a dog in shallow water
    • v paddle play in or as if in water, as of small children
    • n paddle a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat
    • n paddle an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board
    • n paddle a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel
    • n paddle small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games
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Additional illustrations & photos:

PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River...
LARVA OF BAËTIS, WITH BREATHING PADDLES, MAGNIFIED LARVA OF BAËTIS, WITH BREATHING PADDLES, MAGNIFIED

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Table tennis balls have been known to travel off a paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr (approx. 100mph).
    • Paddle (Zoöl) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
    • Paddle A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing.
    • Paddle A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough.
    • Paddle An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
    • Paddle One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
    • Paddle See Paddle staffb), below.
    • Paddle The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; "Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon."
    • Paddle 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.""While paddling ducks the standing lake desire."
    • Paddle To mix (a viscous liquid) by stirring or beating with a paddle.
    • Paddle To pad; to tread upon; to trample.
    • Paddle To pat or stroke amorously, or gently. "To be paddling palms and pinching fingers."
    • Paddle To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles.
    • Paddle To spank with a paddle or as if with a paddle; -- usually as a disciplinary punishment of children.
    • Paddle To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Charlotte Dundas, a paddle-wheel steamboat, was the world's first steam-powered vessel, not Robert Fulton's Clermont. In 1802, five years before Fulton's famous ship took sail, The Dundas was a steam-powered tugboat in Great Britain.
    • paddle To finger idly or fondly; toy or trifle with the fingers, as in fondling.
    • paddle To dabble or play about in or as in water.
    • paddle To sail or swim along or about with short strokes of a paddle or oar; row or move about or along by means of a paddle.
    • paddle To move along by means of paddles or float-boards, as a steamboat.
    • paddle To move in the water by means of webbed feet, flippers, or fins, as a duck, turtle, fish, penguin, etc.
    • paddle To finger; play with; toy with.
    • paddle To propel by paddle or oar: as, to paddle a canoe.
    • paddle To strike with the open hand, or with some flat object, as a board; spank.
    • n paddle An oar; specifically, a sort of short oar having one blade or two (one at each end), held in the hands (not resting in the rowlock) and dipped into the water with a more or less vertical motion: used especially for propelling canoes.
    • n paddle The blade or broad part of an oar.
    • n paddle In zoology: A fore limb constructed to answer the purpose of a fin or flipper, as that of a penguin, a whale, a sea-turtle, a plesiosaurus, or an ichthyosaurus. See cuts under Ichthyosaurus and penguin.
    • n paddle In Ctenophora, one of the rows of cilia which run parallel with the longitudinal canals of the body; a ctenophore or paddle-row.
    • n paddle The long flat snout of the paddle-fish.
    • n paddle One of the float-boards placed on the circumference of the paddle-wheel of a steamboat.
    • n paddle A panel made to fit the openings left in lock-gates and sluices for the purpose of letting the water in and out as may be required; a clough.
    • n paddle An implement with a flat broad blade and a handle, resembling a paddle. Specifically— In glass-making, a somewhat shovel-shaped implement used for stirring and mixing the materials
    • n paddle The lump-fish, Cyclopterus lumpus. See pad-dlecock. Also cockpaidle.
    • n paddle A small spade, especially a small spade used to clean a plow; a plow-staff; a paddle-staff.
    • paddle To throw the feet outward with a circular sweep when trotting: said of horses. Also dish.
    • paddle In leather manuf., to wash or color by means of a paddle. See paddle, n., 8.
    • paddle To pat, as the ore in a roasting-furnace, with the flat side of a paddle.
    • n paddle A tank containing a revolving wheel or paddle for washing, tanning, or coloring skins.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Paddle pad′l to dabble in water with the hands or the feet: to touch or toy with the fingers: to beat the water as with the feet: to row: to move in the water as a duck does:
    • v.t Paddle to move by means of an oar or paddle: to finger, toy with
    • n Paddle a short, broad, spoon-shaped oar, used for moving canoes: the blade of an oar: one of the boards at the circumference of a paddle-wheel
    • n Paddle pad′l (B.) a little spade
    • v.i Paddle pad′l (slang) to make off
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Quotations

  • Fred Shero
    Fred Shero
    “I'm like a duck: calm above the water, and paddling like hell underneath.”

Idioms

Paddle your own canoe - (USA) If you paddle your own canoe, you do things for yourself without outside help.
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Up a river without a paddle - If you up a river without a paddle, you are in an unfortunate situation, unprepared and with none of the resources to remedy the matter.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. for pattle, and a dim. of pat, v.; cf. also E. pad, to tread, Prov. G. paddeln, padden, to walk with short steps, to paddle, G. patschen, to splash, dash, dabble, F. patouiller, to dabble, splash, fr. patte, a paw. √21
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
For pattle, freq. of pat.

Usage

In literature:

Matt paddled his bateau as swiftly as possible, but he was unable to overtake the mass of rushing fire.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
We paddled on very anxiously.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
On discovering the strangers, the natives lowered their sail and took to their paddles.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
A canoe put out from the southern shore, and was paddled by two warriors to the northern bank.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Jimmy now laid down his paddle, took up his bow and arrows, and signalled to Rob to paddle ahead slowly.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
We found the paddles of the canoe lying on the cross-pieces.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
As they had paddled past it in the canoe there had been no sign of man's presence.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson
In a steamer, a fore-and-aft beam for connecting the two paddle-beams, and supporting the outer end of the paddle-shaft.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Sometimes both paddled, sometimes Godfrey steered only and Luka laid in his paddle.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
We are paddling up the river and she is setting muskrat trap on the bank.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
A few minutes of this furious paddling brought him to the bow of the dugout.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
The ends of the big paddles descend as far as the bottom of the blades of the little paddles.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
Paddle on dis side and den paddle on de other side 'til sore.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The boy seized the paddle and pushed off hurriedly.
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
Let's take a lunch and paddle away down to the end of the lake.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
There was not quite so much spirit to their paddling as there had been on the way up.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
Moise, setting his paddle into the water with a great sweep, began once more the old canoe song.
"The Young Alaskans on the Trail" by Emerson Hough
Professor Skillings was going to paddle up the river with them, although Mrs. Havel would take the afternoon train to the lake.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Suppose you take the canoe, Shorty, and paddle over and report, and I'll stay here and watch.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
The Eskimo knows that most of his paleface brethren from the south are wholly unable to paddle their own canoes.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
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In poetry:

So to escape too many friends,
Without uncivil strife,
She ran to the Atlantic pond
And paddled for her life.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
Am full of years and cannot stand
As I were wont to do;
I soon must try the spirit land,
So, "Paddle your own canoe."
"Paddle Your Own Canoe" by James Madison Bell
Who straightway peeped out of the shell
To view the world beyond,
Longing at once to sally forth
And paddle in the pond.
"The Lay Of A Golden Goose" by Louisa May Alcott
He called around his wigwam door
His warriors, brave and true,
And gave to each a tiny oar,
Saying: "Paddle your own canoe,"
"Paddle Your Own Canoe" by James Madison Bell
O'er rugged heights they onward sped,
And mazy forests through,
And whereso'er their duty led,
They paddled their own canoe.
"Paddle Your Own Canoe" by James Madison Bell
For the world with many a snare is set
For the honest and the true,
And they alone escape the net,
Who paddle their own canoe.
"Paddle Your Own Canoe" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Paddle board race in Westport.
This five-leg adventure race on and around Whiteface Mountain combines cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, running, paddling and biking.
See bald eagles and plant life along Queen's Creek paddle Aug 18.
Troy Otto – Paddling, Track & Field Kawaiola Wendt – Paddling, Surfing, Volleyball.
These bright blossoms cover the multitudes of paddle shaped light green pads.
Paddle for Privates draws more than 150 in crazy costumes.
People wade and paddle down a flooded street as Hurricane Sandy approaches, Monday, Oct 29, 2012, in Lindenhurst, N.Y.
LAKE PLACID During the summer of 2006, Mike Prescott completed a paddle of the 170-mile Raquette River from its source at Blue Mountain Lake to Akwesasne, where the Raquette empties into the St Lawrence River.
But back in our day, if you got out of line in a big way, the end result was usually a paddling or a suspension or both.
Florida Sportsman member bbarton13 shows how it's done, paddle craft style, 3 miles off the shores of Navarre Beach.
We saw Cloudbreak as we never had before, and the big-wave community pushed the limits of paddle-in surfing once again.
As I paddled my rickety rowboat.
Bob Schmitz prepares for a paddle on the Mississippi River Monday, August 10, 2009.
Seven months after she first picked up a paddle, Vancouver Lake Crew's Kayla Yraceburu was the ninth fastest rower at the junior nationals.
As stand-up paddle surfing has shot up in popularity, rules restricting paddlers from parts of San Onofre and Doheny state beaches brings them into conflict with traditional surfers.
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In science:

The small asymmetry in direction of the paddles’ axes is due to their asymmetric set-up.
Development of a compact scintillator hodoscope with wavelength-shifting fibre read-out
The test beam layout, including detectors, scintillator paddles and mechanical structure (left). A corresponding schematic view (right).
MICROMEGAS chambers for hadronic calorimetry at a future linear collider
Small scintillator paddles were used to trigger beam impact on the W/SciFi within the edge boundaries.
A Tungsten / Scintillating Fiber Electromagnetic Calorimeter Prototype for a High-Rate Muon g-2 Experiment
In both setups at CERN and FNAL, a pair of scintillator paddles upstream of the EMCal was used for the beam definition trigger.
Performance of prototypes for the ALICE electromagnetic calorimeter
The muons, passing the towers along their length, are selected using scintillator paddles.
Performance of prototypes for the ALICE electromagnetic calorimeter
Each paddle covers 12 modules grouped into a ‘strip module’, and is read out at both extremities by photomultiplier tubes (PMT).
Performance of prototypes for the ALICE electromagnetic calorimeter
Fig. 37 (d) shows the lego plot of the hits from the cosmic ray muons, clearly showing the area covered by the trigger paddles.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee, April 2011
Two scintillator paddles in coincidence formed the trigger/gate for the setup, with one paddle placed directly on top of the MDTs and one placed 60 cm below the fibre detector, ensuring nearly vertical tracks.
A 1 mm Scintillating Fibre Tracker Readout by a Multi-anode Photomultiplier
The simulated muons had an angular distribution flat in cos2 (θ), similar to cosmic rays, spread uniformly over the surface area of the top trigger paddle.
A 1 mm Scintillating Fibre Tracker Readout by a Multi-anode Photomultiplier
Events which deposited energy in both the top and bottom trigger scintillator paddles were written to file.
A 1 mm Scintillating Fibre Tracker Readout by a Multi-anode Photomultiplier
Two fiber reference detectors RD1 and RD2 fixed to the same support as the MSD hodoscope paddles are used mainly to perform an independent alignment of these components.
Testrun results from prototype fiber detectors for high rate particle tracking
The distribution of differences of coordinates measured by the fiber reference detector and the corresponding MSD paddle has been used to align the measuring system.
Testrun results from prototype fiber detectors for high rate particle tracking
Charged tracks are reconstructed in polar angles from about 10 to 140 degrees. 288 plastic scintillator paddles provide time-of-flight information used for particle identification.
Search for Pentaquark States with CLAS at Jefferson Lab
The test was performed by collecting hits above ∼300 keV from two plastic scintillator paddles placed on the ground at distances ∼60 m and ∼90 m from the neutrino target.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
Figure 1.5 show the distribution of energy deposited versus time relative to the start of the beam window for one of the scintillator paddles at 90 m during the beam-on run.
Bringing the SciBar Detector to the Booster Neutrino Beam
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