- a 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；an act of paddling a boat
- move through the water in a boat using a paddle or paddles；propel a boat along (a stretch of water) using paddles
verb: paddle, 3rd person present: paddles, gerund or present participle: paddling, past tense: paddled, past participle: paddled
noun: paddle, plural noun: paddles
- 1. a 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 paddle strokes
- ▪ an act of paddling a boat a gentle paddle on sluggish water
- ▪ a paddle-shaped instrument used for mixing food, or stirring or mixing in industrial processes.
- ▪ North American a short-handled bat used in table tennis.
- ▪ North American informal a paddle-shaped instrument used to administer corporal punishment.
- ▪ each of the boards fitted round the circumference of a paddle wheel or mill wheel.
- ▪ the fin or flipper of an aquatic mammal or bird.
- 2. a flat array of solar cells projecting from a spacecraft.
- 3. a plastic-covered electrode used in cardiac stimulation.
- 1. move through the water in a boat using a paddle or paddles she paddled along the coast he was teaching trainees to paddle canoes
- ▪ propel a boat along (a stretch of water) using paddles a legal right to paddle Scottish rivers
- ▪ (of bird or other animal) swim with short fast strokes the swan paddled away
- 2. North American informal beat (someone) with a paddle as a punishment ask the mother if she minds the offspring getting paddled from time to time