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stern +‎ wheel


sternwheel (plural sternwheels)

  1. (nautical) A paddle wheel positioned at the stern of a vessel
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section 2
      The current was more rapid now, the steamer seemed at her last gasp, the stern–wheel flopped languidly, and I caught myself listening on tiptoe for the next beat of the boat, for in sober truth I expected the wretched thing to give up every moment.

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