rowing machine

[ roh-ing ]
/ ˈroʊ ɪŋ /


an exercise machine having a mechanism with two oarlike handles, foot braces, and a sliding seat, allowing the user to go through the motions of rowing in a racing shell.

Words nearby rowing machine

Origin of rowing machine

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rowing machine

  • She even pinched her thumb in the rowing-machine, which is the zenith of inexpertness.

    Wanted: A Husband|Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • The rowing-machine is probably the most beneficial form of mechanical home exercise that is likely to be followed faithfully.

    How to Live|Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
  • For all we know they may have been practicing on the rowing-machine in their gym.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals|Arthur M. Winfield

British Dictionary definitions for rowing machine

rowing machine


a device with oars and a sliding seat resembling a sculling boat, used to provide exercise
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