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scull

[skuhl] /skʌl/
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.
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English sculle < ?
Related forms
sculler, noun
Can be confused
scull, skull.
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British Dictionary definitions for scull

scull

/skʌl/
noun
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.
(pl) 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
verb
6.
to propel (a boat) with a scull
Derived Forms
sculler, noun
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for scull
n.

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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