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Definition of "paddle" []

  • A usually wooden implement having a blade at one end or sometimes at both ends, used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat. (noun)
  • Any of various implements resembling the paddle of a boat or canoe, as: (noun)
  • An iron tool for stirring molten ore in a furnace. (noun)
  • A tool with a shovellike blade used to mix materials in glassmaking. (noun)
  • A potter's pallet. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "paddle" in a sentence
  • "Here there is a yawning gulf of misunderstanding between the aficionados, who insist on a precise distinction, and the thousands on the fringes who sloppily apply the term paddle tennis to both sports."
  • "Attached to the paddle is a little box that provides power and instructions."
  • "The paddle is implanted on the surface of the brain, on top of the motor control area."