Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, thin, usually wooden pole with a blade at one end, used to row or steer a boat.
  • n. A person who rows a boat, especially in a race.
  • transitive v. To propel with or as if with oars or an oar.
  • transitive v. To traverse with or as if with oars or an oar: an hour to oar the strait.
  • intransitive v. To move forward by or as if by rowing: oared strongly across the finish line.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An implement used to propel a boat or a ship in the water, having a flat blade at one end, being rowed from the other end and being normally fastened to the vessel.
  • v. To row; to propel with oars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An implement for impelling a boat, being a slender piece of timber, usually ash or spruce, with a grip or handle at one end and a broad blade at the other. The part which rests in the rowlock is called the loom.
  • n. An oarsman; a rower.
  • n. An oarlike swimming organ of various invertebrates.
  • v. To row.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A long wooden implement used for propelling a boat, barge, or galley.
  • n. In brewing, a blade or paddle with which the mash is stirred.
  • n. In zoöl., an oar-like appendage of an animal used for swimming, as the leg or antenna of an insect or crustacean, one of the parapodia of annelids, etc.
  • n. One who uses an oar; an oarsman; also, a waterman.
  • To use an oar or oars; row.
  • To propel by or as by rowing.
  • To traverse by or as by means of oars.
  • To move or use as an oar.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of ore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an implement used to propel or steer a boat

Etymologies

Middle English or, from Old English ār.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English ār, from Old Norse ár. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Each droplet of water that passes over my oar is as easily identifiable as a person, and the voice of the water is the call of a multitude, giving and taking names.

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  • The singular form of retrices is rectrix which comes from the Latin word oar used to mean rower.

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  • Also, to secure the oar from the weather (for I used it in mild breezes as a flagstaff on top of my pyramid from which to fly a flag I made me from one of my precious shirts) I contrived for it a covering of well-cured sealskins.

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  • Also, to secure the oar from the weather (for I used it in mild breezes as a flagstaff top of my pyramid from which to fly a flag I made me from one of my precious shirts), I contrived for it a covering of well-cured sealskins.

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  • A paddle, a sweep, or an oar, is called washee, and washee is also the verb.

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  • We sat in the cockpit and discussed the details of our plan till eleven o'clock had passed, when we heard the rattle of an oar from the direction of the Ghost.

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  • A little pleasure-boat was floating lazily about, impelled occasionally forward by the stroke of an oar from a youth, who with one companion of his own age, and an elderly man who sat abstractedly reading a book, formed the passengers of this tiny bark.

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  • a sweep, or an oar, is called a washee, and washee is also the verb.

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