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PAD'DLE, verb intransitive [Latin pes, pedis, the foot, and this is allied to Gr., to tread.]

1. To row; to beat the water, as with oars.

2. To play in the water with the hands, as children; or with the feet, as fowls or other animals.

3. To finger.

PAD'DLE, verb transitive To propel by an oar or paddle

PAD'DLE, noun [In Latin batillus is a paddle-staff; in Gr. a pole.]

1. An oar, but not a large oar. It is now applied to a sort of short oar used in propelling and steering canoes and boats.

2. The blade or the broad part of an oar or weapon.

Thou shalt have a paddle on thy weapon. Deuteronomy 23:13.