- an oar mounted on a fulcrum at the stern of a small boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
- either of a pair of oars rowed by one rower.
- a boat propelled by an oar or oars.
- a light, narrow racing boat for one, two, or sometimes four rowers, each equipped with a pair of oars.
- sculls, a race involving such boats.Compare double sculls, single sculls.
- to propel or convey by means of a scull or sculls.
- to propel a boat with a scull or sculls.
Origin of scull
1300–50; Middle English sculle < ?
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Examples from the Web for sculled
I think it probable I sculled away from the spot, as there was nothing to guide me.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The ‘Gull Lightship’ was not far off, so we sculled to her in the dingey.The Voyage Alone in the Yawl "Rob Roy"
I had steamed it down the Mississippi, and sculled it up the Orinoco.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
I got the dingy out, and was sculled quietly down by one of the men.
He sculled the punt to the little cove by the Head, and there loaded her with rocks.The Adventures of Billy Topsail
- a single oar moved from side to side over the stern of a boat to propel it
- one of a pair of short-handled oars, both of which are pulled by one oarsman, esp in a racing shell
- a racing shell propelled by an oarsman or oarsmen pulling two oars
- (plural) a race between racing shells, each propelled by one, two, or four oarsmen pulling two oars
- an act, instance, period, or distance of sculling
- to propel (a boat) with a scull
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for sculled
kind of short, light, spoon-bladed oar, mid-14c., of unknown origin. The verb is from 1620s, from the noun. Related: Sculled; sculling.
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