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

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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

Dictionary Entries Near row

Cite this Entry

“Row.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/row. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

row 1 of 4

verb

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

row

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noun

1
: a series of persons or things lined up in an orderly arrangement
a row of houses
He sat in the first row.
2

row

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noun

: noisy disturbance or quarrel

row

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noun

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

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