row

verb (1)
\ ˈrō How to pronounce row (audio) \
rowed; rowing; rows

Definition of row

 (Entry 1 of 6)

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

1a : 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

row

noun (1)
\ ˈrō How to pronounce row (audio) \

Definition of row (Entry 2 of 6)

: an act or instance of rowing

row

noun (2)
\ ˈrō How to pronounce row (audio) \

Definition of row (Entry 3 of 6)

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
2a : way, street
b : a street or area dominated by a specific kind of enterprise or occupancy doctors' row
4a : a continuous strip usually running horizontally or parallel to a baseline
b : a horizontal arrangement of items
in a row
: one after another : successively

row

verb (2)
\ ˈrō How to pronounce row (audio) \
rowed; rowing; rows

Definition of row (Entry 4 of 6)

transitive verb

: to form into rows

row

noun (3)
\ ˈrau̇ How to pronounce row (audio) \

Definition of row (Entry 5 of 6)

: a noisy disturbance or quarrel

row

verb (3)
\ ˈrau̇ How to pronounce row (audio) \
rowed; rowing; rows

Definition of row (Entry 6 of 6)

intransitive verb

: to engage in a row : have a quarrel

Other Words from row

Verb (1)

rower \ ˈrō-​ər How to pronounce row (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of row

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

History and Etymology for row

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

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“Row.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/row. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for row

row

verb
\ ˈrō How to pronounce row (audio) \
rowed; rowing

Kids Definition of row

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : to move a boat by using oars
2 : to travel or carry in a rowboat I rowed to the island.

row

noun
\ ˈrō How to pronounce row (audio) \

Kids Definition of row (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a series of persons or things lined up in an orderly arrangement a row of houses He sat in the first row.

row

noun
\ ˈrau̇ How to pronounce row (audio) \

Kids Definition of row (Entry 3 of 4)

: noisy disturbance or quarrel

row

noun
\ ˈrō How to pronounce row (audio) \

Kids Definition of row (Entry 4 of 4)

: an act or instance of using oars to move a boat

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