row·​ing ˈrō-iŋ How to pronounce rowing (audio)
: the propelling of a boat by means of oars : the action of one that rows
: the sport of racing in shells

Examples of rowing in a Sentence

She was on the rowing team.
Recent Examples on the Web His latest project, The Boys in the Boat, is a sports drama about the gold medal-winning US rowing team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Riann Phillip, Vogue, 17 Jan. 2024 The film is centered on the University of Washington’s rowing team, from their Depression-era beginnings to winning gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 15 Jan. 2024 The rowers say the university fails to provide equal opportunities for athletic participation by not having a varsity women’s rowing team. Anne M. Peterson, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 The United States eight-man rowing team had won every gold medal since 1920, but the screenwriter Mark L. Smith glides past that fact to emphasize that these particular boys were at a disadvantage. Amy Nicholson, New York Times, 24 Dec. 2023 The Boys in the Boat follows the real-life story of the 1936 University of Washington men's crew team, who made an improbable journey from the college's second-tier rowing team to becoming the United States representative at that year's Summer Olympics in Berlin. Hedy Phillips, Peoplemag, 12 Dec. 2023 No less than the teamwork and chemistry of an eight-man rowing crew, the subject of the film is the class divide. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Dec. 2023 Alternatively, take an early-morning rowing lesson on the Nile with Cairow, while the waters are still relatively quiet. Nada El Sawy, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Nov. 2023 Dozens of female athletes at the University of Oregon allege that the school withheld proper facilities and funding from the women’s beach volleyball team and club rowing team in a Title IX lawsuit filed last week. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 5 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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“Rowing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


row·​ing ˈrō-iŋ How to pronounce rowing (audio)
: the sport of racing long narrow boats rowed by oars
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