v. i.

  1. To use the hands or fingers in toying; to make caressing strokes.
  2. To dabble in water with hands or feet; to use a paddle, or something which serves as a paddle, in swimming, in paddling a boat, etc.
  3. An implement with a broad blade, which is used without a fixed fulcrum in propelling and steering canoes and boats.
  4. The broad part of a paddle, with which the stroke is made; hence, any short, broad blade, resembling that of a paddle.
  5. One of the broad boards, or floats, at the circumference of a water wheel, or paddle wheel.
  6. A small gate in sluices or lock gates to admit or let off water; -- also called clough.
  7. A paddle-shaped foot, as of the sea turtle.
  8. A paddle-shaped implement for string or mixing.
  9. See Paddle staff (b), below.

v. t.

  1. To pat or stroke amorously, or gently.
  2. To propel with, or as with, a paddle or paddles.
  3. To pad; to tread upon; to trample.