- a number of persons or things arranged in a line, especially a straight line: a row of apple trees.
- a line of persons or things so arranged: The petitioners waited in a row.
- a line of adjacent seats facing the same way, as in a theater: seats in the third row of the balcony.
- a street formed by two continuous lines of buildings.
- Music. tone row.
- Checkers. one of the horizontal lines of squares on a checkerboard; rank.
- to put in a row (often followed by up).
- hard/long row to hoe, a difficult task or set of circumstances to confront: At 32 and with two children, she found attending medical school a hard row to hoe.
Origin of row1
- to propel a vessel by the leverage of an oar or the like.
- to propel (a vessel) by the leverage of an oar or the like.
- to convey in a boat that is rowed.
- to convey or propel (something) in a manner suggestive of rowing.
- to require, use, or be equipped with (a number of oars): The captain's barge rowed twenty oars.
- to use (oarsmen) for rowing.
- to perform or participate in by rowing: to row a race.
- to row against in a race: Oxford rows Cambridge.
- an act, instance, or period of rowing: It was a long row to the far bank.
- an excursion in a rowboat: to go for a row.
Origin of row2
- a noisy dispute or quarrel; commotion.
- noise or clamor.
- to quarrel noisily.
- Chiefly British. to upbraid severely; scold.
Origin of row3
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Examples from the Web for row
Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep.The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 9, 2014
Later that day he made a call from the row of phones in the yard and reached his wife for the first time in six months.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
Doing three in a row got a momentum going and I want to keep that momentum going.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth
December 4, 2014
In a row against the wall stood seven little beds recently covered with sheets.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
First, seeing my father in the middle of his row crying, and thinking, Why is dad so upset?All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
I promise you I shall not, Mr. Bines; they can row if they like.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A boat was got ready, and the captain got in, with four sailors to row.Brave and Bold
This box was lined with a row of bunks, one above the other.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The train was drawn up, with hardly anybody about its row of open doors.The Secret Agent
Then they disappeared like a row of post-holes into the distance.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
- an arrangement of persons or things in a linea row of chairs
- mainly Britisha street, esp a narrow one lined with identical houses
- (capital when part of a street name)Church Row
- a line of seats, as in a cinema, theatre, etc
- maths a horizontal linear arrangement of numbers, quantities, or terms, esp in a determinant or matrix
- a horizontal rank of squares on a chessboard or draughtboard
- in a row in succession; one after the otherhe won two gold medals in a row
- a hard row to hoe a difficult task or assignment
- a noisy quarrel or dispute
- a noisy disturbance; commotionwe couldn't hear the music for the row next door
- a reprimand
- give someone a row informal to scold someone; tell someone off
- (intr often foll by with) to quarrel noisily
- (tr) archaic to reprimand
- to propel (a boat) by using oars
- (tr) to carry (people, goods, etc) in a rowing boat
- to be propelled by means of (oars or oarsmen)
- (intr) to take part in the racing of rowing boats as a sport, esp in eights, in which each member of the crew pulls one oarCompare scull (def. 6)
- (tr) to race against in a boat propelled by oarsOxford row Cambridge every year
- an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
- an excursion in a rowing boat
Word Origin and History for row
"line of people or things," Old English ræw "a row, line; succession, hedge-row," probably from Proto-Germanic *rai(h)waz (cf. Middle Dutch rie, Dutch rij "row;" Old High German rihan "to thread," riga "line;" German Reihe "row, line, series;" Old Norse rega "string"), possibly from PIE root *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (cf. Sanskrit rikhati "scratches," rekha "line"). Meaning "a number of houses in a line" is attested from mid-15c., originally chiefly Scottish and northern English. Phrase a hard row to hoe attested from 1823, American English.
"propel with oars," Old English rowan "go by water, row" (class VII strong verb; past tense reow, past participle rowen), from Proto-Germanic *ro- (cf. Old Norse roa, Dutch roeien, West Frisian roeije, Middle High German rüejen), from PIE root *ere- (1) "to row" (cf. Sanskrit aritrah "oar;" Greek eressein "to row," eretmon "oar," trieres "trireme;" Latin remus "oar;" Lithuanian iriu "to row," irklas "oar;" Old Irish rome "oar," Old English roðor "rudder").