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.
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.

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

rowable, adjective
rower, noun
underrower, noun Unabridged
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row1 (rəʊ)
1.  an arrangement of persons or things in a line: a row of chairs
2.  a.  chiefly (Brit) a street, esp a narrow one lined with identical houses
 b.  (capital when part of a street name): Church Row
3.  a line of seats, as in a cinema, theatre, etc
4.  maths a horizontal linear arrangement of numbers, quantities, or terms, esp in a determinant or matrix
5.  a horizontal rank of squares on a chessboard or draughtboard
6.  in a row in succession; one after the other: he won two gold medals in a row
7.  a hard row to hoe a difficult task or assignment
[Old English rāw, rǣw; related to Old High German rīga line, Lithuanian raiwe strip]

row2 (rəʊ)
1.  to propel (a boat) by using oars
2.  (tr) to carry (people, goods, etc) in a rowing boat
3.  to be propelled by means of (oars or oarsmen)
4.  (intr) Compare scull to take part in the racing of rowing boats as a sport, esp in eights, in which each member of the crew pulls one oar
5.  (tr) to race against in a boat propelled by oars: Oxford row Cambridge every year
6.  an act, instance, period, or distance of rowing
7.  an excursion in a rowing boat
[Old English rōwan; related to Middle Dutch roien, Middle High German rüejen, Old Norse rōa, Latin rēmus oar]

row3 (raʊ)
1.  a noisy quarrel or dispute
2.  a noisy disturbance; commotion: we couldn't hear the music for the row next door
3.  a reprimand
4.  informal give someone a row to scold someone; tell someone off
vb (often foll by with)
5.  to quarrel noisily
6.  archaic (tr) to reprimand
[C18: origin unknown]

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Word Origin & History

"line of people or things," O.E. ræw "a row, line," from P.Gmc. *rai(h)waz (cf. M.Du. rie, Du. rij "row;" O.H.G. rihan "to thread," riga "line;" Ger. Reihe "row, line, series;" O.N. rega "string"), possibly from PIE base *rei- "to scratch, tear, cut" (cf. Skt. rikhati "scratches," rekha "line").
Meaning "a number of houses in a line" is attested from mid-15c., originally chiefly Scottish and northern English. Row-house is first recorded 1936, Amer.Eng. Phrase a hard row to hoe first attested 1835, in writing of Davy Crockett.

"propel with oars," O.E. rowan (class VII strong verb; past tense reow, pp. rowen), from P.Gmc. *ro- (cf. O.N. roa, Du. roeien, W.Fris. roeije, M.H.G. rüejen), from PIE base *ere- "to row" (cf. Skt. aritrah "oar;" Gk. eressein "to row," eretmon "oar," trieres "trireme;" L. remus "oar;" Lith. iriu
"to row," irklas "oar;" O.Ir. rome "oar," O.E. roðor "rudder"). First record of rowboat is from 1538 (cf. Du. roeiboot).

"noisy commotion," 1746, Cambridge University slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to rousel "drinking bout" (1602), a shortened form of carousal. Klein suggests a back-formation from rouse (n.), mistaken as a plural (cf. pea from pease).
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Example sentences for Rower
The rower leans forward, and bends the legs, sliding forward in the seat.
A rower sits with his or her back toward the direction of travel.
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