scull

[skuhl]
noun
1.
an oar mounted on a fulcrum at the stern of a small boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
2.
either of a pair of oars rowed by one rower.
3.
a boat propelled by an oar or oars.
4.
a light, narrow racing boat for one, two, or sometimes four rowers, each equipped with a pair of oars.
5.
sculls, a race involving such boats. Compare double sculls, single sculls.
verb (used with object)
6.
to propel or convey by means of a scull or sculls.
verb (used without object)
7.
to propel a boat with a scull or sculls.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English sculle < ?

sculler, noun

scull, skull.
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scull (skʌl)
 
n
1.  a single oar moved from side to side over the stern of a boat to propel it
2.  one of a pair of short-handled oars, both of which are pulled by one oarsman, esp in a racing shell
3.  a racing shell propelled by an oarsman or oarsmen pulling two oars
4.  (plural) a race between racing shells, each propelled by one, two, or four oarsmen pulling two oars
5.  an act, instance, period, or distance of sculling
 
vb
6.  to propel (a boat) with a scull
 
[C14: of unknown origin]
 
'sculler
 
n

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scull
"kind of oar," 1345, of unknown origin. The verb is from 1624.
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Example sentences
They seemed not to fly so much as scull the air with dark blade wings.
The brain alone is the cage of the scull, can not account for the creativity of the body-brain by itself.
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