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definitions - paddle

paddle (n.)

1.a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat

2.an instrument of punishment consisting of a flat board

3.a blade of a paddle wheel or water wheel

4.small wooden bat with a flat surface; used for hitting balls in various games

paddle (v. intr.)

1.stir with a paddle

2.give a spanking to; subject to a spanking

3.walk unsteadily"small children toddle"

4.propel with a paddle"paddle your own canoe"

5.swim like a dog in shallow water

6.play in or as if in water, as of small children

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Merriam Webster

PaddlePad"dle (?), v. i. [Prob. for pattle, and a dim. of pat, v.; cf. also E. pad to tread, Prov. G. paddeln, padden, to walk with short steps, to paddle, G. patschen to splash, dash, dabble, F. patouiller to dabble, splash, fr. patte a paw. √21.]
1. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes. [Obs.] Shak.

2. 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.

As the men were paddling for their lives. L'Estrange.

While paddling ducks the standing lake desire. Gay.

PaddlePad"dle, n. [See Paddle, v. i.]
1. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.

2. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle, such as that used in table tennis.

Thou shalt have a paddle upon thy weapon. Deut. xxiii. 13.

3. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.

4. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough.

5. (Zoöl.) A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.

6. A paddle-shaped implement for stirring or mixing.

7. [In this sense prob. for older spaddle, a dim. of spade.] See Paddle staff (b), below. [Prov. Eng.]

Paddle beam (Shipbuilding), one of two large timbers supporting the spring beam and paddle box of a steam vessel. -- Paddle board. See Paddle, n., 3. -- Paddle shaft, the revolving shaft which carries the paddle wheel of a steam vessel. -- Paddle staff. (a) A staff tipped with a broad blade, used by mole catchers. [Prov. Eng.] (b) A long-handled spade used to clean a plowshare; -- called also plow staff. [Prov. Eng.] -- Paddle steamer, a steam vessel propelled by paddle wheels, in distinction from a screw propeller. -- Paddle wheel, the propelling wheel of a steam vessel, having paddles (or floats) on its circumference, and revolving in a vertical plane parallel to the vessel's length.

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-Alexander Arbuthnot (paddle steamer) • Association of International Paddle Sport Federations • City of Ainsworth (paddle steamer) • Dog paddle • Hand paddle • Holed paddle • Kid Paddle • Knoppler paddle • Labouchere (paddle steamer) • Ozone (paddle steamer) • Paddle (disambiguation) • Paddle (game controller) • Paddle (punishment) • Paddle (spanking) • Paddle Pop • Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement, Alberta • Paddle River • Paddle Tennis • Paddle Tennis World Championship • Paddle ball • Paddle boat • Paddle boat (disambiguation) • Paddle boats • Paddle doll • Paddle float • Paddle game • Paddle holster • Paddle leash • Paddle line • Paddle machine • Paddle pyramid • Paddle scoop • Paddle steamer • Paddle steamer Genève • Paddle steamer Stadt Rapperswil • Paddle steamer Stadt Zürich • Paddle surf • Paddle surfing • Paddle tennis • Paddle tire • Paddle wheel • Paddle wheel ship • Paddle wheeler • Paddle wheelers • Paddle wheels • Paddle-Tail Newt • Paddle-to-the-Sea • Spotted Paddle-Tail Newt • Stand up paddle • Stand up paddle surfing • Surprise (paddle steamer) • Traffic paddle • USS Paddle • USS Paddle (SS-263) • Without a Paddle

analogical dictionary


paddle (n.)

oar, rowing[Hyper.]


paddle (n.)


accessoire de sport destiné à frapper (fr)[ClasseParExt.]




paddle (n.)



(row; pull; scull)[Thème]

(row; pull; scull)[Thème]

canoë-kayak (fr)[Thème]

row; pull; scull[Classe]

canoë et kayak (fr)[DomainRegistre]


paddle (v. intr.)



paddle (v. intr.)



  Canoeist Maria Francis competing in BBC Paddles Up competition 1989, using a feathered kayak paddle
  Paddling surfboards.
  Team of the Boating Club de Canotage Otterburn using canoe paddles.
  The Duvensee paddle, one of the worlds oldest survived wooden paddle (Mesolithic around 6.200 B.C.)

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.


  Canoe/Kayak paddles

  Materials and designs

Paddles commonly used in canoes consist of a wooden, fibreglass, carbon fibre or metal rod (the shaft) with a handle on one end and a rigid sheet (the blade) on the other end. Paddles for use in kayaks are longer, with a blade on each end; they are handled from the middle of the shaft.

Kayak paddles having blades in the same plane (when viewed down the shaft) are called "un-feathered." Paddles with blades in different planes (such as in the image) are called "feathered". Feathered paddles are measured by the degree of feather, such as 30, 45, or even 90 degrees. The paddle in the image to the right is feathered around 15 degrees. Many modern paddles are made of two pieces which can be snapped together in either feathered or unfeathered settings. The shaft is normally straight but in some cases a 'crank' is added with the aim of making the paddle more comfortable and reducing the strain on the wrist. Because the kayak paddle is not supported by the boat, paddles made of lighter materials are desired; it is not uncommon for a kayak paddle to be two pounds (32 ounces) or less in weight and very expensive paddles can be as light as 22 ounces. In addition, weight savings are more desirable at the ends of the paddle rather than in the middle.

Cheaper kayak paddles have an aluminium shaft while more expensive ones use a lighter fibreglass or carbon fibre shaft. Some paddles have a smaller diameter shaft for people with smaller hands. Paddle length varies with a longer paddle being better suited for stronger people, taller people, and people using the paddle in a wider kayak. Some paddle makers have an online paddle size calculator. Blades vary in size and shape. A blade with a larger surface area may be desirable for a strong person with good shoulder joints, but tiring for a weaker person or a person with less than perfect shoulder joints. Some paddle makers offer blades in three sizes.

Because normal paddling involves alternately dipping and raising the paddle blades, the colour of the blades may affect the visibility of the kayaker to powerboats operators under limited visibility conditions. For this reason white or yellow blades may offer a safety advantage over black or blue blades. Of course, kayakers should wear a headlamp or have other lighting on their kayak under conditions of limited lighting. However, if a powerboat operator must look straight into a sun low in the sky to see a kayaker, the motion of brightly coloured paddle blades may be of more value than lighting on the kayak. There are specific navigation rules about colour, placement, and meaning of lights on vessels. Consult US Coast Guard or other maritime authority.

Highly reflective water resistant tape may be affixed to the paddle blades and boat to enhance visibility. The US Coast Guard approves SOLAS tape (Safety Of Life At Sea) for such use.


The paddle is held with two hands, some distance apart from each other. For normal use, it is drawn through the water from front (bow) to back (stern) to drive the boat forwards. The two blades of a kayak paddle are dipped alternately on either side of the kayak. A paddle is distinguished from an oar in that the paddle is held in the user's hands and completely supported by the paddler, whereas an oar is primarily supported by the boat. Gloves may be worn to prevent blistering for long periods of paddling.

  Other types

On mechanical paddle steamers, the motorized paddling is not done with a mass of paddles or oars but by rotating one or a few paddle wheels (rather the inverse of a water mill).

Racing paddles also have special designs. They are generally less flat and are curved to catch more water which will enable racing paddlers to maximize the efficiency of their stroke.

Paddle shifters are special kinds of paddles since it is used in cars equipped with a semi-automatic transmission. They are operated back and forth.


  See also

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