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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Navy’s eight-man varsity crew wins the Olympic rowing trials in Syracuse, N.Y., edging favored California by one length and earning a trip to the Summer Games in Rome under first-year coach Lou Lindsey. Mike Klingaman,, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History, July 8-14," 8 July 2018 Seattle Parks and Recreation: All community centers, indoor pools, Environmental Learning Centers, Amy Yee Tennis Center, and small craft/rowing and sailing centers will be closed. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Here’s what’s closed — and open — on the Fourth of July in the Seattle area," 3 July 2018 For those who haven’t committed to boat ownership or are new to kayaking, rowing and paddling, renting a boat at a nearby forest preserve or park is a good way to get your marine fix. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Ahoy, paddlers: Local lakes and rivers beckon," 13 June 2018 Stotesbury is the world’s oldest and largest scholastic rowing event. Rick O'brien,, "Rowers and coaches adjust to Stotesbury Cup Regatta's move," 17 May 2018 The silver medal last year at the worlds — which is considered bigger than the Olympics in rowing — made up for the disappointment in Rio. Lori Riley,, "Olympian O'Leary Returns To Riverfront Rowing, Where It All Began," 24 June 2018 COO of Lyon City Boat , Delphine Depierreux, a tour company operating on the Soane, one of the city's two rivers, told Euronews how employees at their riverside offices had to use rowing boats to get into work this morning. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "How victims, local officials and an aloof FEMA put flooded homes back in harm’s way," 3 July 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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