Definition of sternwheeler in English:


Syllabification: stern·wheel·er
Pronunciation: /ˈstərnˌ(h)wēlər


  • A steamer propelled by a paddle wheel positioned at the stern.
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    • The city was a scenic, lush rush of green, as seen from river level, topped with the sparkling lights of downtown as the sternwheeler paddled up to Rossdale under a light drizzle.
    • Steaming upriver into the Columbia's great, verdant gorge, large sternwheelers brought passengers and profits to steamboat companies.
    • To attract a younger clientele, the sternwheeler will make repeating three- and four-day Mississippi River cruises combined with a New Orleans hotel and activities package.

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