- an oar mounted on a fulcrum at the stern of a small boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
- either of a pair of oars rowed by one rower.
- a boat propelled by an oar or oars.
- a light, narrow racing boat for one, two, or sometimes four rowers, each equipped with a pair of oars.
- sculls, a race involving such boats.Compare double sculls, single sculls.
- to propel or convey by means of a scull or sculls.
- to propel a boat with a scull or sculls.
Origin of scull
1300–50; Middle English sculle < ?
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Examples from the Web for scull
For a few moments, I now heard no more in the water; and I began to scull again.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Greer went back to the stern, picked up an oar and began to scull.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
He found it impractical to remain longer in the stern attempting to scull.The Harbor of Doubt
I got an oar over the stern to scull, but I was not fit for much exertion.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
"Put it over the stern and scull it," directed someone on the float.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
- a single oar moved from side to side over the stern of a boat to propel it
- one of a pair of short-handled oars, both of which are pulled by one oarsman, esp in a racing shell
- a racing shell propelled by an oarsman or oarsmen pulling two oars
- (plural) a race between racing shells, each propelled by one, two, or four oarsmen pulling two oars
- an act, instance, period, or distance of sculling
- to propel (a boat) with a scull
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for scull
kind of short, light, spoon-bladed oar, mid-14c., of unknown origin. The verb is from 1620s, from the noun. Related: Sculled; sculling.
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