- 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 rowed
For years, Mooney rowed around Long Island promoting HIV/AIDS awareness.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother
October 19, 2014
Odysseus ordered his men to stuff their ears with beeswax as they rowed by.War Nostalgia Is Leading Veterans to Places Like Syria. One Went Missing There.
May 3, 2014
The Rio Grande split into two channels, and we rowed to port and took the American side.My Night on the Border
May 25, 2010
Halbert looked after him, enviously, as he rowed the boat out into the stream.Brave and Bold
But they, deaf alike to the song and the sorcery, rowed harder than ever.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Dick turned the oars and rowed cautiously toward the island.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
She waved her hand to them apathetically and rowed slowly on.
Then he, too, got into a boat and was rowed away across the calm water to the island.
- 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 rowed
"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").