- 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
Examples from the Web for rower
“The air has come out of the tires,” the Canadian rower Iain Brambell said in 2008.London Athletes Face Post-Olympic Blues
August 14, 2012
He was greeted by Canadian rower Malcolm Howard, a member of the silver-medal winning men's eight.Prince Harry: I'm Too Old To Go Out Anymore. Really Your Highness?!
August 2, 2012
The third, who was in the bows, exchanged some words with the rower, who replied.A Spirit in Prison
She opened her eyes, and now she could see the boat again and the rower.The Call of the Blood
Robert Smythe Hichens
I was upon the Styx, and in my rower I recognised the redoubtable Charon.The Quadroon
The rower, startled by the sudden shout, turned quickly round.The Willoughby Captains
Talbot Baines Reed
I didnt know those Mexicans were so thrifty, the rower went on.The Eight-Oared Victors
- 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 rower
"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").