row

1
[roh]
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noun

verb (used with object)

to put in a row (often followed by up).

Nearby words

  1. roving,
  2. roving commission,
  3. rovingly,
  4. rovno,
  5. rovuma,
  6. row house,
  7. row over,
  8. row vector,
  9. row-house,
  10. rowan

Idioms

    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 row

1
1175–1225; Middle English row(e); compare Old English rǣw

row

2
[roh]

verb (used without object)

to propel a vessel by the leverage of an oar or the like.

verb (used with object)

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.

noun

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 row

2
before 950; Middle English rowen, Old English rōwan; cognate with Old Norse rōa; akin to Latin rēmus oar. Cf. rudder

Related formsrow·a·ble, adjectiverow·er, nounun·der·row·er, noun

row

3
[rou]

noun

a noisy dispute or quarrel; commotion.
noise or clamor.

verb (used without object)

to quarrel noisily.

verb (used with object)

Chiefly British. to upbraid severely; scold.

Origin of row

3
First recorded in 1740–50; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for row

row

1

noun

an arrangement of persons or things in a linea row of chairs
  1. mainly Britisha street, esp a narrow one lined with identical houses
  2. (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

Word Origin for row

Old English rāw, rǣw; related to Old High German rīga line, Lithuanian raiwe strip

noun

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

verb

(intr often foll by with) to quarrel noisily
(tr) archaic to reprimand

Word Origin for row

C18: origin unknown

verb

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

noun

an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
an excursion in a rowing boat
See also row over

Derived Formsrower, nounrowing, noun

Word Origin for row

Old English rōwan; related to Middle Dutch roien, Middle High German rüejen, Old Norse rōa, Latin rēmus oar

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Word Origin and History for row
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Idioms and Phrases with row

row

see get one's ducks in a row; kick up a fuss (row); skid row; tough row to hoe.

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