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English definition of “paddle”

paddle

noun [C]    /ˈpæd·əl/
a short pole with a wide, flat part at one or both ends, used for moving a small boat through the water A paddle is also a flat blade held with a short handle that is used in some games such as table tennis for hitting a small ball. paddle    /ˈpæd·əl/ verb [I/T] [T] She paddled her canoe across the lake.
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