row·​ing | \ˈrō-iŋ \

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.

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The country has won 72 Olympic medals in gymnastics, nearly twice its haul of 38 in its second-most successful sport, rowing. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Can Simona Halep Do for Romanian Tennis What Nadia Comaneci Did for Gymnastics?," 10 June 2018 That ended up being the final race of my rowing career. Eileen Reslen, Cosmopolitan, "I Was an Orphan With Several Birth Defects. Today, I'm a Paralympic Athlete," 31 Jan. 2018 Also in Palembang, a joint Koreas rowing team finished last in the first heat of the lightweight men's four competition behind Indonesia, Uzbekistan and Hong Kong. John Pye, Fox News, "Sun celebrates Asian Games win, upset over flag malfunction," 19 Aug. 2018 Turns out the real first rule of rowing is: Don't break the boat. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "I tried to row with the Louisville Cardinals and nearly broke the boat," 11 May 2018 The front section and seat of the rower are placed on metal frames and slide back and forth, simulating the action of rowing on the water. Rick Armstrong, Aurora Beacon-News, "Armstrong: Jack Kirtley sets national, world rowing records for his age group," 25 Jan. 2018 As the only community college in the U.S. to maintain a high-level rowing program, Orange Coast traveled to the storied event in England as an underdog. David Wharton,, "Orange Coast crew reaches main draw at Henley Royal Regatta," 30 June 2018 Yoga inversions and a dog walk Tassana Landy is a long-time cyclist who recently fell in love with rowing. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 Next week, Henley-on-Thames will host the Henley Royal Regatta, five days of international-standard rowing that has been a fixture of the British social season since 1839. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "A Fashionable Escape From London Loses Its Buoyancy," 27 June 2018

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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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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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