rowing machine



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.

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

Historical Examples of rowing machine

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

    Wanted: A Husband

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • For all we know they may have been practicing on the rowing-machine in their gym.

    The Putnam Hall Rivals

    Arthur M. Winfield

  • 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

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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