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oars

[awrz, ohrz] /ɔrz, oʊrz/
interjection, Nautical
1.
(used as a command to the crew of a scull or other similar boat to cease rowing and hold the oars horizontal with blades feathered.)

oar

[awr, ohr] /ɔr, oʊr/
noun
1.
a long shaft with a broad blade at one end, used as a lever for rowing or otherwise propelling or steering a boat.
2.
something resembling this or having a similar purpose.
3.
a person who rows; oarsman.
verb (used with object)
4.
to propel with or as if with oars; row.
5.
to traverse or make (one's way) by, or as if by, rowing.
verb (used without object)
6.
to row.
7.
to move or advance as if by rowing.
Idioms
8.
put in one's oar, to meddle; interfere:
He put in his oar and was told to mind his own business.
9.
rest on one's oars, to cease to make an effort; relax after exertion; stop working after success or completing a task:
Once he became president, he was content to rest on his oars.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English ore, Old English ār; cognate with Old Norse ār
Related forms
oarless, adjective
oarlike, adjective
Can be confused
oar, o'er, or, ore.
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  • And speedily they went aboard and sat upon the benches, and sitting orderly smote the grey sea water with their oars.
  • Must trust their oars, methinks not few, against the ebbing tide.
  • All undisturbed by the dash of their oars, and unseen, were the sleepers.
  • He was toiling along with short oars, and the dory tossed and sank and tossed again with the steamer's waves.
  • Other paddles from six and one half feet to eight and one half feet should be provided for steering oars.
  • He lets us hear the creak of oars and the scratch of pens, as well as the tubercular king fighting for every breath.
  • The unique wave patterns cause by the boat and oars were stunning.
British Dictionary definitions for oars

oar

/ɔː/
noun
1.
a long shaft of wood for propelling a boat by rowing, having a broad blade that is dipped into and pulled against the water. Oars were also used for steering certain kinds of ancient sailing boats
2.
short for oarsman
3.
put one's oar in, to interfere or interrupt
verb
4.
to row or propel with or as if with oars: the two men were oaring their way across the lake
Derived Forms
oarless, adjective
oarlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English ār, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse ār
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Word Origin and History for oars

oar

n.

Old English ar "oar," from Proto-Germanic *airo (cf. Old Norse ar, Danish aare, Swedish åra), of unknown origin; perhaps related to Latin remus "oar," Greek eretes "rower," eretmos "oar."

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Slang definitions & phrases for oars

oar

Related Terms

row with one oar


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Related Abbreviations for oars

OAR

[National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of] Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
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Idioms and Phrases with oars

oar

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