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paddle1

Line breaks: pad¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈpad(ə)l
 
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noun

1A short pole with a broad blade at one or both ends, used without a rowlock to move a small boat or canoe through the water: we dug in deep with our paddles [as modifier]: paddle strokes
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  • At the crack of dawn, as you slice through the calm river with quiet paddle strokes, your canoe glides upstream through a bank of fog that will slowly burn off with each cast of your fishing rod.
  • The piece incorporates some of the images and experiences of Essadiqi's river adventures, as dancers interact with large floating wooden poles that represent paddles.
  • The Pemon also make wooden dugout and bark canoes, paddles, and bows, and they weave hammocks and baby carriers.
Synonyms
1.1An act of paddling a boat: a gentle paddle on sluggish water
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  • A typical morning workout consists of a 12-kilometer paddle, a 10k run, and weight training.
  • There are some interesting features (previously unknown) on this new route such as a fresh water pool which will no doubt become a favorite spot for a swim or paddle.
  • The pool is a great place for a swim, paddle or just to sit beside and enjoy the ripple of the water.
1.2A paddle-shaped instrument used for mixing food, or stirring or mixing in industrial processes.
Example sentences
  • For the rose petal cream: In bowl of food processor fitted with paddle, cream buttercream and butter until fluffy.
  • Add this to the batter and mix just until smooth - a few turns of the paddle should do it.
  • The person behind the counter slaps a scoop of ice cream onto a chilled marble slab, throws some cookie crumbs or chopped nuts on top, and mixes the whole thing together using flat paddles.
1.3North American A short-handled bat used in table tennis.
Example sentences
  • He had a small red ball, the kind that at one time had been attached to a wooden paddle by a rubber string.
  • André was interested in all sports, whether they involved balls, pucks, paddles or pedals.
  • Each half is 10 minutes and the aim of the game is to score goals using the paddles or the hand.
1.4North American informal A paddle-shaped instrument used to administer corporal punishment.
Example sentences
  • Oklahoma school administrators say that while corporal punishment remains legal in the state, they rarely reach for the paddle.
  • The paddles turned out to be harmless slapsticks, with holes through the actual paddle part so they could cause a loud slapping noise without hurting.
  • Until then the Bradford Christian School, founded in Idle in 1993, had used a paddle or wooden ruler to discipline children.
1.5Each of the boards fitted round the circumference of a paddle wheel or mill wheel.
Example sentences
  • The vessel has a split stern wheel and each is run by a twin diesel engine that powers hydraulic motors which turn the paddles.
  • The "Willamette Queen" was designed as a scaled down likeness of the former Mississippi and Yukon Territory Riverboats with paddles that really do propel her.
1.6The fin or flipper of an aquatic mammal or bird.
Example sentences
  • The forelimbs and hindlimbs are transformed into paddles.
  • Some of the most frequent gross morphological adaptations to an aquatic lifestyle include the modifications of limbs into paddles and the elongation and lateral flattening of the tail.
  • It appears from their architecture that the entire distal limb, not just the hands and feet, was used as a paddle.
2A flat array of solar cells projecting from a spacecraft.
Example sentences
  • The Nimbus-7 weighs 965 kilograms, is 3.04 meters tall, 1.52 meters in diameter at the base and 3.96 meters wide with solar paddles fully extended.
  • Duplicate solar paddles complete the configuration, which is similar to an ocean buoy's.
3 Medicine A plastic-covered electrode used in cardiac stimulation.
Example sentences
  • You may have seen TV shows in which a hospital worker or paramedic ‘shocks’ an unconscious person out of cardiac arrest with a pair of electrified paddles.
  • During activation the paddle is thought to move into a more upright position, displacing charge through the membrane.
  • Holding the paddles, Donna looks over at the heart monitor.

verb

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1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move through the water in a boat using a paddle or paddles: she paddled along the coast [with object]: he was teaching trainees to paddle canoes
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  • Unless some other canoe is in sight, one paddles along with a sense of solitude amid the mountains and the woods.
  • Pablo Nuñez Perez, a Kuna who married an English girl and lived in England for seven years, paddled out in a dugout canoe (called an ulu) to welcome us.
  • The beaches are among the world's finest, with soft, silver sand and water so clear you can spot rays and swordfish while paddling along the shore.
Synonyms
row gently, pull, scull
1.1 [with object] Propel a boat along (a stretch of water) using paddles: a legal right to paddle Scottish rivers
More example sentences
  • Their company was a warming experience and well worth a picture, as we paddled the last stretch of our journey.
  • Murphy is definitely paddling uncharted waters in Rapid City.
  • I can be found somewhere between Atlanta and DC riding a trail or paddling a river.
1.2(Of bird or other animal) swim with short fast strokes: the swan paddled away
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  • The pond was filled with wildlife, as there were red and yellow goldfish swimming about, ducks paddling about on the surface, meddling with the herons.
  • The woman, boating three miles off of the Gulf of Mexico, found this little kitten paddling furiously and meowing loudly.
  • Sure enough, the turtles paddled in different directions when exposed to different magnetic fields.
2 [with object] informal , chiefly North American Beat (someone) with a paddle as a punishment: ask the mother if she minds the offspring getting paddled from time to time
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  • Finally, on the sixth hole, I went over to Nick and jokingly said, ‘Somebody must have paddled you with one of those when you were a kid.’
  • You were paddled in school, and you were occasionally, as you put it, ‘whipped by [your] daddy.’
  • They paddle each other; they paddle evil-doers they capture; really the only person they never get to spank is Wonder Woman herself.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a small spade-like implement): of unknown origin. Current senses date from the 17th century.

Phrases

paddle one's own canoe

1
informal Be independent and self-sufficient: she plunged into work, she’d got to paddle her own canoe
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  • As a single parent in the 80s, working full time and paying for childcare, paddling my own canoe, could I possibly ask Gina Waite to sent me a form so I could apply for ‘back pamper pay’?
  • We received very little guidance from the head office of the DM, which had no form of constitution for branches, and we have very largely paddled our own canoe.
  • If there is any such thing as justice the county councillors will row in behind us on this one, but if not then we are going to have to go and paddle our own canoe all the way to the Boundary Commission.

Derivatives

paddler

1
noun
Example sentences
  • A Paddler’s Guide presents a rating system for each route that includes possible hazards, navigational challenges, potential wind and tidal influences, overall mileage and paddling time, and a running description of both physical and cultural landmarks along the way.
  • Running into a sweeper will push a canoe over or could push and hold the paddler below the surface of the water.

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paddle2

Line breaks: pad¦dle
Pronunciation: /ˈpad(ə)l
 
/

verb

[no object]
1Walk with bare feet in shallow water: the children paddled at the water’s edge
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  • Is it really the role of design to prevent kids paddling in shallow water, protecting them without engendering a sense of responsibility for their actions in either the children or their parents?
  • Her biggest fear, it has recently been revealed, is paddling in shallow water.
  • The youngster, who could not swim, was paddling in shallow water while three friends were swimming.
Synonyms
1.1Dabble the feet or hands in water: Peter paddled idly in the water with his fingers
More example sentences
  • Two young girls - 11 or 12-walked to the water's edge and enjoyed paddling their feet.
  • Aligore simply dipped one of his large paws into the water and began paddling.
  • But enemies you don't know are far more of a threat than those you do, and when paddling in alien waters, you have to be careful or else you might find your toes nipped by a school of feisty piranha.

noun

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An act of walking with bare feet in shallow water: I went for a paddle
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  • While the more adventurous, or foolhardy, jumped over the waterfalls, I went for a quick paddle to soothe my aching feet.
  • Joe had a paddle and Maggie dipped her feet into the children's paddling pool.
  • Otherwise it's an undemanding walk or paddle between bays in one of the most beautiful and protected parts of New Zealand.

Origin

mid 16th century: of obscure origin; compare with Low German paddeln 'tramp about'; the association with water remains unexplained.

Derivatives

paddler

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Although most members of the team are beginners, we have eight core members who are experienced paddlers.
  • She's one of the best female paddlers in the world.
  • We are now looking for paddlers to come forth and register for this year's event.

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