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paddle wheel

a wheel for propelling a ship, having a number of paddles entering the water more or less perpendicularly.
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paddle-wheel, adjective Unabridged
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  • In the simplest form, the paddle wheel blade is pushing on the water.
  • To accommodate the side barges, the paddle wheel was moved to the stern of the boat.
  • Because the fleshy prawn has migration habit, water flow should be maintained using paddle wheel aerators.
  • Later vessels were of the propeller type rather than paddle wheel, and had deeper drafts and were more enclosed.
  • The reciprocating engine has a piston that slides within a cylinder and is attached by means of a rod to a paddle wheel.
  • To eliminate drag and increase power-harnessing ability, the paddles flip on their way back around the paddle wheel.
British Dictionary definitions for paddle wheel

paddle wheel

a large wheel fitted with paddles, turned by an engine to propel a vessel on the water
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