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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From hiking to rowing to, hell, underwater rock running, there are so many possibilities out there. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Small but Impactful Health Habits to Lock Down in Your 20s," 19 Apr. 2019 North and South Korean athletes are competing together in several sports including women's basketball and rowing. Niniek Karmini, Fox News, "Unified Koreas athletes center of attention at Asiad opener," 18 Aug. 2018 Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying nearly $500,000 to get Olivia and her sister into the University of Southern California as recruits for the rowing team, even though neither rowed. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Sephora Has Seemingly Dropped Olivia Jade's Highlighter Palette," 14 Mar. 2019 The inn is now the base for a slew of activities including ecotours, motorboating, fishing, rowing and canoeing as well as helicopter, seaplane and boat tours. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Lake County: A Victorian-era hotel keeps kicking," 6 May 2018 At least a dozen former Spartan athletes — from the gymnastics, volleyball, rowing, softball and track and field programs — were among the women and girls who gave victim-impact statements during Nassar’s sentencing hearings in mid-Michigan. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State responds to NCAA probe over role in Larry Nassar case," 19 Apr. 2018 Be sure to mix it up at least twice a month with a variety of exercises, like biking, rowing, running and the elliptical machine. Danielle Braff, Woman's Day, "8 Ways to Stay Full Longer," 9 Nov. 2010 There are now several Pelotons of rowing (Hydrow, Cityrow), a Peloton of weight training (Tonal), a Peloton of boxing (Rumble), and a Peloton of group cardio studio fitness (Mirror). Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018 Gentle Giant Rowing Club will hold its second annual Erg Challenge to support youth rowing on Sunday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside the Somerville High School field house, 81 Highland Ave., "Savor the sweet taste of spring on maple sugaring tour," 9 Mar. 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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