A usually wooden implement having a blade at one end or sometimes at both ends, used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat. Any of various implements resembling the paddle of a boat or canoe, as: An iron tool for stirring molten ore in a furnace. A tool with a shovellike blade used to mix materials in glassmaking. A potter's pallet. A narrow board used to beat clothes when laundering by hand. A flattened board used to administer physical punishment. Sports A light wooden or plastic racket used in playing table tennis, platform tennis, and similar games. A board on a paddle wheel. A flipper or flattened appendage of certain animals. Botany See pad1. The act of paddling. Nautical To propel a watercraft with paddles or a paddle. Nautical To row slowly and gently. To move through water by means of repeated short strokes of the limbs. Nautical To propel (a watercraft) with paddles or a paddle. Nautical To convey in a watercraft propelled by paddles. To spank or beat with a paddle, especially as a punishment. To stir or shape (material) with a paddle. To dabble about in shallow water; splash gently with the hands or feet. To move with a waddling motion; toddle.