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.

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Eva Barinelli, Madeline Burke, Paula Sardi and Sarah St. Pierre were the rowing team's three-time selections as Marlies de Jong and Madison Healey collected their second, as did Josephine Bowen, Christine Hovermale, Olivia Kiristis and Ally Sichler., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 3 July 2019 They are embedded in every victory for progress: Wilma Rudolph, Billie Jean King, Althea Gibson, Martina Navratilova, Kathrine Switzer, the 1976 Yale women's rowing team, WNBA players protesting for Black Lives Matter., "The U.S. soccer team is just one part of a larger wave of female activism," 3 July 2019 Montgomery shares the award with Lauren Cox of Baylor women's basketball and the Kansas State rowing team. Scott Springer,, "Chicago Bears pick David Montgomery of Mount Healthy, Iowa State named Big 12 Sportsperson of Year," 28 Feb. 2019 These rowing teams have practiced on the river for more than a decade and once felt like aquatic urban pioneers. Kari Lydersen, Washington Post, "In Chicago, a river revitalized — but not for everyone," 21 June 2019 It is rumored that the company may be working on its third piece of equipment, a rowing machine, after customers found the URL registered under Peloton Interactive. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Peloton, the connected fitness company, has filed to go public," 5 June 2019 Established in 1953, Orange Coast is the only community college in the U.S. with a rowing program competing at the highest level of the sport collegiately. Andrew Turner,, "Orange Coast College crew wins two titles in ACRA national championships," 5 June 2019 The canoe medals — a gold and two bronze — have been awarded to Korea, as the joint teams in rowing, canoeing and basketball have been named at the games. John Pye, Fox News, "Combined Koreas basketball team to play for Asian Games gold," 30 Aug. 2018 Lori Loughlin's daughters Olivia Jade and Bella both posed as rowers who would be contributing to the University of Southern California's rowing team. Vogue, "2 Student “Athletes” Have Now Been Expelled in the College Admissions Scandal Fallout," 8 Apr. 2019

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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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