paddle wheelpaddle wheel
a wheel with paddles set at right angles about its circumference for propelling a steamboat
A wheel with boards or paddles affixed around its circumference, partly immersed in water and rotated to propel a ship or boat.
(plural paddle wheels)
- (nautical) A large wheel, fitted with paddles, used to propel a vessel (especially a paddle steamer)
- Mississippi Belle--This small paddle-wheel excursion boat sails from Brainerd, Minnesota, on the Upper Mississippi River.
- In this he used Joule's paddle-wheel method, though with many improvements, the whole apparatus being on a larger scale and the experiments being conducted over a wider range of temperature.