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paddle board

A printed circuit board that is used to adapt one device to another. Containing only a few electronic components, a paddle board typically has an edge connector for plugging into a slot. The name came from an early personal computer game card that added paddle board capabilities to the machine. See game paddle.

game paddle

An input device that moves the screen cursor in a back-and-forth motion. Used to hit balls and steer objects in a video game, the paddle contains a dial and one or more buttons for firing. The paddle was popularized in Atari's Pong game in the 1970s. See joystick and Atari.

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