[sturn-hweel, -weel]
adjective (of a vessel)
propelled by a paddle wheel at the stern.

1855–60 Unabridged


[sturn-hweel, -weel]
noun Nautical.
a paddle wheel at the stern of a vessel.

1810–20; stern2 + wheel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
One placed the propelling wheel overhanging the stern of the boat and was called a sternwheel.
Take a trip back in time when sternwheel boats were one of the main modes of transportation.
The sternwheel is seated between the two monkey rudders and the four main rudders mounted at the end of the hull.
Michaels, taking with her a small army of mechanics to put the sternwheel steamer together.
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