PADDLE . (1) A verb, meaning to splash, dabble or
See also:play about in
See also:water with the feet or hands . (2) A
See also:species of
See also:oar, with a broad
See also:flat blade and
See also:short handle, used without a rowlock for propelling canoes or other lightly-built craft (see
See also:CANOE) . (3) A small
See also:spade-like implement, apparently first used to clear a ploughshare from clods of
See also:earth . The verb seems to be a frequentative
See also:form of "
See also:pad," to walk, cognate with "path," or of "pat," to strike gently, an onomatopoeic word; it may have been influenced by the Fr. patrouiller, in much the same sense . The verb may have given rise to "paddle," an oar, an easy transitionin sense; but the New
See also:Dictionary identifies this with the word for a small spade, which occurs earlier than the verb, and seems to have no connexion in sense with it . The implement was known in the 17th and 18th centuries also as " spaddle," a diminutive of " spade," but " paddle " occurs in this sense as early as 1407 . The
See also:term " paddle " has been applied to many
See also:objects and implements resembling the oar in its broad-bladed end: e.g. a
See also:shovel used in mixing materials in
See also:glass-making, in
See also:brick-making, &c., and also to the
See also:float-boards in the paddle-
See also:wheel of a steamboat or the wheel of a water-
See also:mill .
PADERBORN (Lat. Paderae Fontes, i.e. the springs of...
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