row·​ing | \ ˈrō-iŋ How to pronounce rowing (audio) \

Definition of rowing

1 : the propelling of a boat by means of oars : the action of one that rows
2 : the sport of racing in shells

Examples of rowing in a Sentence

She was on the rowing team.
Recent Examples on the Web Martinez had workout bands to mimic Orange Theory’s rowing exercises and floor workouts. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "West U resident loses 50 pounds doing at-home workouts amid quarantine," 2 July 2020 Hydrow, an at-home rowing startup, recently raised $25 million with L Catterton, part owned by luxury company LVMH, leading the round. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Lululemon acquires at-home fitness startup Mirror, valuing it 67% above its last round," 29 June 2020 But a local business executive bankrolled the team, and so was born the rowing team at Manley Career Academy High School. Olive Fellows, The Christian Science Monitor, "Sports books that reveal character and grit," 29 June 2020 In 2014, while getting ready to row from California to Hawaii, Angela Madsen said rowing is a venue where partially paralyzed people can excel. Time, "Three-Time Paralympian Found Dead at Sea While Rowing From California to Hawaii," 26 June 2020 Plus, the rowing motion can strengthen and tone your arms, too. Gabrielle Hondorp, Travel + Leisure, "The 8 Best Stand-up Paddleboards for Summertime Adventures," 26 June 2020 In Texas, the state Department of Public Safety released a model policy that replaces tests involving push-ups, running, or pull-ups with a single rowing test that has differing requirements based on age, gender and weight. Ashley Fantz, CNN, "Want to reform the police? Hire more women," 23 June 2020 The rowing club has reopened, though only single boats and same-household doubles are allowed on the water right now. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "How Indy rowing club won national titles in a rower's garage," 20 June 2020 Hydrow, an at-home rowing startup that retails its machines at $2,199, says sales at the company have risen 400% in April compared to January. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Peloton is having a moment. So are its competitors," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of rowing

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

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The first known use of rowing was before the 12th century

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6 Jul 2020

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“Rowing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rowing

: the sport of racing in long, narrow boats that are moved by using oars
: the activity of moving a boat by using oars

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