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scull

[skuhl] /skʌl/
noun
1.
an oar mounted on a fulcrum at the stern of a small boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
2.
either of a pair of oars rowed by one rower.
3.
a boat propelled by an oar or oars.
4.
a light, narrow racing boat for one, two, or sometimes four rowers, each equipped with a pair of oars.
5.
sculls, a race involving such boats.
verb (used with object)
6.
to propel or convey by means of a scull or sculls.
verb (used without object)
7.
to propel a boat with a scull or sculls.
Origin of scull
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English sculle < ?
Related forms
sculler, noun
Can be confused
scull, skull.
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Examples from the Web for sculled
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Seizing the gig's bow, he pushed her off and got on board while Wyndham sculled her round.

    Wyndham's Pal Harold Bindloss
  • The san-pan was then sculled alongside, and her passengers taken on board.

  • Andrew sculled the Rowan into the channel, and presently dropped the anchor.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
  • But I had sculled through the narrows of the passage before he could reach it.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • And always, when it fell, we sculled fiercely and gained on her, if only a little.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing Charles Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for sculled

scull

/skʌl/
noun
1.
a single oar moved from side to side over the stern of a boat to propel it
2.
one of a pair of short-handled oars, both of which are pulled by one oarsman, esp in a racing shell
3.
a racing shell propelled by an oarsman or oarsmen pulling two oars
4.
(pl) a race between racing shells, each propelled by one, two, or four oarsmen pulling two oars
5.
an act, instance, period, or distance of sculling
verb
6.
to propel (a boat) with a scull
Derived Forms
sculler, noun
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for sculled

scull

n.

kind of short, light, spoon-bladed oar, mid-14c., of unknown origin. The verb is from 1620s, from the noun. Related: Sculled; sculling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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