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small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games
a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel
an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board
paddle, boat paddleverb
a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat
propel with a paddle
"paddle your own canoe"
dabble, paddle, splash aroundverb
play in or as if in water, as of small children
swim like a dog in shallow water
toddle, coggle, totter, dodder, paddle, waddleverb
"small children toddle"
spank, paddle, larrupverb
give a spanking to; subject to a spanking
stir with a paddle
To spank with a paddle or as if with a paddle; -- usually as a disciplinary punishment of children.
To mix (a viscous liquid) by stirring or beating with a paddle.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: pattal, Welsh.
Have a paddle upon thy weapon. Deut. xxiii. 13.
Etymology: patouiller, Fr.
As the men were paddling for their lives. Roger L'Estrange.
Paddling ducks the standing lake desire. John Gay.
The brain has a very unpromising aspect for thinking: it looks like an odd sort of bog for fancy to paddle in. Collier.
A wolf lapping at the head of a fountain, spyed a lamb paddling a good way off. Roger L'Estrange.
Paddling palms, and pinching fingers,
And making practis’d smiles,
As in a looking-glass. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.
A paddle is a handheld tool with an elongated handle and a flat, widened distal end (i.e. the blade), used as a lever to apply force onto the bladed end. It most commonly describes a completely handheld tool used to propel a human-powered watercraft by pushing water in a direction opposite to the direction of travel (i.e. paddling). It is different to an oar (which is similar in shape and performs the same function via rowing) in that the latter is attached to the watercraft via a fulcrum.
to use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes
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
to pat or stroke amorously, or gently
to propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles
to pad; to tread upon; to trample
an implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats
the broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle
one of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel
a small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough
a paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle
a paddle-shaped implement for string or mixing
see Paddle staff (b), below
Etymology: [See Paddle, v. i.]
A paddle is a tool used for pushing against liquids, either as a form of propulsion in a boat or as an implement for mixing.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
pad′l, v.i. 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: (slang) to make off.—v.t. to move by means of an oar or paddle: to finger, toy with.—n. 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.—ns. Padd′le-beam, one of the large timbers at the side of a paddle-wheel; Padd′le-board, one of the floats on the circumference of a paddle-wheel; Padd′le-box, a wooden box covering the upper part of the paddle-wheel of a steamer; Padd′ler, one who paddles; Padd′le-shaft, the axle on which the paddle-wheels of a steamer turn; Padd′le-wheel, the wheel of a steam-vessel, which by turning in the water causes it to move forward; Padd′le-wood, the light, strong wood of a Guiana tree of the dogbane family. [For pattle, freq. of pat.]
pad′l, n. (B.) a little spade.—n. Padd′le-staff, a spade for clearing a ploughshare. [Prob. from spaddle; cf. Spade.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A kind of oar, used by the natives of India, Africa, America, and by most savages; it is shorter and broader in the blade than the common oar.--To paddle, is to propel a boat more purely by hand, that is, without a fulcrum or rowlock.
Gun. "Say why ya creep without a muthaphuckin paddle" -- Lady or Rage (Lyrical Gangbang).
To walk through water.
The children love to paddle in the paddling pool.
Submitted by MaryC on March 11, 2020
the flattened joints of posterior tarsi in aquatic Hemiptera.
The numerical value of paddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of paddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of paddle in a Sentence
A beginner might not be able to tell the difference between a $ 50 paddle and a $ 300 paddle, but a more experienced player definitely can.
I don't know how to describe it. It's so beautiful, it can be a really passive, intuitive thing. That's kind of what your goal is, is to let the water do all the work, and you use your paddle to assist when it's not perfect.
When I first started I couldn't paddle more than five minutes at a time. Now I can probably do an hour continuous.
Because the court is smaller, the paddle is shorter and lighter than a tennis racquet, and the ball is made out of plastic, so it’s very easy to learn and control for most people starting out.
The paddling was illegal and a criminal battery, what message are we sending to other teachers who now believe they will suffer no criminal consequences if they paddle our elementary school children, some severely, even for the smallest of infractions ?
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- palaCatalan, Valencian
- padle, pagaj, paddel, padleåreDanish
- Paddel, paddeln, TischtennisschlägerGerman
- paleta, palaSpanish
- meloa, kahlailla, evä, melonta, maila, mela, lätkä, siipiratas, kahlailu, siipi, piestä, melontaretki, lasta, läppäFinnish
- pagaie, volet, pagayage, spatule, aube, nageoire, palette, pale, rame, palme, raquette, aviron, paletter, hélice, pagayerFrench
- céasla, céaslaighIrish
- grunnaichScottish Gaelic
- evező, evezHungarian
- paddla, róaIcelandic
- 叩く, 櫂, 漕ぐ, 受け板, パドル, かい, 羽根板, 外輪, 水掻き, ラケット, 杓文字, しゃもじ, 扉Japanese
- pagaai, peddelen, scheprad, peddel, van de roede geven/slaan, waterrad, schoep, pootjebaden, gepeddel, paddelDutch
- гребля, гребное колесо, плица, весло, грести, лопатка, ракетка, плавник, затвор, лопастьRussian
- racket, ro, bordtennisracket, paddla, paddelSwedish
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