verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of oar
Examples from the Web for oars
The turbulent waters caused one of his oars to crack, which—without a motor or a sail—can be severely detrimental to his voyage.Victor Mooney’s Epic Adventure for His Dead Brother|Justin Jones|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is clear to you that she intends to use the staves as oars.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Knife and fork push against one another rhythmically on the plate, like oars on a boat.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’|Bee Wilson|October 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We steadied the boat with the oars, and I thought we were doing real good.
As I have already said, we had made four oars, but our boat was so small that only two were necessary.The Coral Island|R. M. Ballantyne
When the oars on one side are pulled, and those on the other are backed, the boat is made to turn on its own water.
Agnes, however, carried the oars up to the tent and then forgot about the rest of her task as she dipped into a new book.The Corner House Girls Under Canvas|Grace Brooks Hill
She was in it in a moment, and again plying the oars, her shell on the seat opposite that on which she was sitting.Princess Polly At Play|Amy Brooks
Then we made still another from two oars and a square of sail by crossing them.The Last Cruise of the Saginaw|George H. Read
Word Origin for oar
Old English ar "oar," from Proto-Germanic *airo (cf. Old Norse ar, Danish aare, Swedish åra), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin remus "oar," Greek eretes "rower," eretmos "oar."
see put one's oar in.