row

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verb (1)

rowed; rowing; rows

intransitive verb

1
: to propel a boat by means of oars
2
: to move by or as if by the propulsion of oars

transitive verb

1
a
: to propel with or as if with oars
b(1)
: to participate in (a rowing match)
(2)
: to compete against in rowing
(3)
: to pull (an oar) in a crew
2
: to transport in an oar-propelled boat
rower noun

row

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noun (1)

: an act or instance of rowing

row

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noun (2)

1
: a number of objects arranged in a usually straight line
a row of bottles
also : the line along which such objects are arranged
planted the corn in parallel rows
2
a
: way, street
b
: a street or area dominated by a specific kind of enterprise or occupancy
doctors' row
3
4
a
: a continuous strip usually running horizontally or parallel to a baseline
b
: a horizontal arrangement of items

row

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verb (2)

rowed; rowing; rows

transitive verb

: to form into rows

row

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noun (3)

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

row

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verb (3)

rowed; rowing; rows

intransitive verb

: to engage in a row : have a quarrel
Phrases
in a row
: one after another : successively

Examples of row in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
But a funny thing happened along the way, as wealthy hobbyists turned dressage and rowing into status symbols of a life of leisure spent mastering the old ways. Bychloe Berger, Fortune, 29 Jan. 2024 There’s also great play with scale: Various puppet versions of Shackleton, from the tiny to the enormous, pop up to encourage Ernie along the way, and a wooden figure rowing its own little boat appears tiny at a distance, then rows into view at full size. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 Driven by her deep faith — and a seemingly boundless store of energy — she’s become an outspoken advocate for children affected by the disease and has helped raise more than $90,000 for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and for NF research by running, rowing and organizing events for the cause. Eileen Finan, Peoplemag, 4 Feb. 2024 Despite all these benefits, rowing machines on the gym floor haven’t seen much use in recent years, Miller said. Stephanie Kanowitz, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Crew is a noun that means a group of people who row together: a rowing team. John Kelly, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 Though swimming is not allowed today, travelers looking to see the Blue Grotto for themselves can book a sea tour and be rowed inside. Kaye Toal, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2024 The Timothée Chalamet musical is still rowing along and will finish with more than $500 million worldwide. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 13 Jan. 2024 In the old days, keepers rowed three miles across the bay to buy provisions at San Quentin, then rowed back, occasionally while drunk. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 11 Jan. 2024
Noun
The layoff rate was 1.0% for the fourth month in a row and considerably lower than last summer’s peaks. John M. Bremen, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Michael Keaton portrayed Beetlejuice in the original 1988 film as a green-haired, boisterous ghost from the world of the dead who appears if someone says his name three times in a row. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 On October 27, for the second year in a row, Twitter laid off roughly 350 employees, or 9 percent of the staff, and closed several international offices. Kurt Wagner, Fortune, 21 Feb. 2024 For the second year in a row, the induction ceremony will stream live on Disney+. Paul Grein, Billboard, 21 Feb. 2024 The council’s pro-housing stances are one reason why rents have declined five months in a row, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 For the third year in a row, Germany’s capital commitments to the U.S. have outweighed those in China. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 19 Feb. 2024 The Beavers won their sixth game in a row and did so largely without star forward Raegan Beers, who suffered a broken nose when hit on a drive by UCLA’s Kiki Rice less than a minute into the second quarter. Jeff Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 Tony will provide commentary at the 2024 Super Bowl — his third in a row — when the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Feb. 11. Hollee Actman Becker, Peoplemag, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Old English rōwan; akin to Middle High German rüejen to row, Latin remus oar

Noun (2)

Middle English rawe; akin to Old English rǣw row, Old High German rīga line, and perhaps to Sanskrit rikhati he scratches

Noun (3)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1767, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

1582, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1746, in the meaning defined above

Verb (3)

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of row was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Row.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/row. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

row

1 of 5 verb
1
: to move a boat by means of oars
2
: to travel or carry in a rowboat
3
: to pull an oar in a crew
rower noun

row

2 of 5 noun
: an act or instance of rowing

row

3 of 5 noun
1
a
: a series of persons or things arranged in a usually straight line
especially : a horizontal arrangement of items
b
: the line along which such objects are arranged
planted the corn in parallel rows
2

row

4 of 5 noun
ˈrau̇
: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

row

5 of 5 verb
: to have a row : fight, quarrel
Etymology

Verb

Old English rōwan "to propel a boat with oars"

Noun

Middle English rawe "a number of objects arranged in a line"

Noun

origin unknown

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