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

  • n. A series of objects placed next to each other, usually in a straight line.
  • n. A succession without a break or gap in time: won the title for three years in a row.
  • n. A line of adjacent seats, as in a theater, auditorium, or classroom.
  • n. A continuous line of buildings along a street.
  • transitive v. To place in a row.
  • idiom a tough row to hoe Informal A difficult situation to endure.
  • intransitive v. Nautical To propel a boat with or as if with oars.
  • transitive v. Nautical To propel (a boat) with or as if with oars.
  • transitive v. Nautical To carry in or on a boat propelled by oars.
  • transitive v. Nautical To use (a specified number of oars or people deploying them).
  • transitive v. To propel or convey in a manner resembling rowing of a boat.
  • transitive v. Sports To pull (an oar) as part of a racing crew.
  • transitive v. Sports To race against by rowing.
  • n. The act or an instance of rowing.
  • n. A shift at the oars of a boat.
  • n. Nautical A trip or an excursion in a rowboat.
  • n. A boisterous disturbance or quarrel; a brawl. See Synonyms at brawl.
  • n. An uproar; a great noise.
  • intransitive v. To take part in a quarrel, brawl, or uproar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A line of objects, often regularly spaced, such as seats in a theatre, vegetable plants in a garden etc.
  • n. A line of entries in a table, etc., going from left to right, as opposed to a column going from top to bottom
  • n. An exercise performed with a pulling motion of the arms towards the back.
  • v. To propel (a boat or other craft) over water using oars.
  • n. A noisy argument.
  • n. A continual loud noise.
  • v. to argue noisily

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rough; stern; angry.
  • n. A noisy, turbulent quarrel or disturbance; a brawl.
  • n. A series of persons or things arranged in a continued line; a line; a rank; a file.
  • n. The act of rowing; excursion in a rowboat.
  • intransitive v. To use the oar.
  • intransitive v. To be moved by oars.
  • transitive v. To propel with oars, as a boat or vessel, along the surface of water.
  • transitive v. To transport in a boat propelled with oars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To impel (a boat) along the surface of water by means of oars.
  • To transport by rowing: as, to row one across a stream.
  • To labor with the oar; use oars in propelling a boat through the water; be transported in a boat propelled by oars.
  • To be moved by means of oars: as, the boat rows easily.
  • To go through the motions of rowing in a boat swung at the davits of a ship, as a sailor in punishment for some offense connected with boats or rowing. The forced exercise is called a dry row. [Colloq. in both uses.]
  • To arrange in a line; set or stud with a number of things ranged in a row or line.
  • To injure by rough and wild treatment: as, to row a college room (that is, to damage the furniture in wild behavior).
  • To scold; abuse; upbraid roughly or noisily.
  • To behave in a wild and riotous way; engage in a noisy dispute, affray, or the like.
  • A Scotch form of roll.
  • An obsolete or dialectal form of rough.
  • n. An act of rowing; also, an excursion taken in a rowboat.
  • n. A series of things in a line, especially a straight line; a ra˙nk; a file: as, a row of houses or of trees; rows of benches or of figures; the people stood in rows; to plant corn in rows.
  • n. . A line of writing.
  • n. . A streak, as of blood. Compare rowy.
  • n. A hedge.
  • n. A continuous course or extent; a long passage.
  • n. A line of houses in a town, standing contiguously or near together; especially, such a line of houses nearly or quite alike, or forming an architectural whole: sometimes used as part of the name of a short street, or section of a street, from one corner to the next.
  • n. In organ-building, same as bank, 7, or keyboard.
  • n. A noisy disturbance; a riot; a contest; a riotous noise or outbreak; any disorderly or disturbing affray, brawl. hubbub. or clatter: a colloquial word of wide application.
  • n. Synonyms Uproar, tumult, commotion, broil, affray.

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

  • n. an angry dispute
  • n. (construction) a layer of masonry
  • n. a linear array of numbers, letters, or symbols side by side
  • n. a long continuous strip (usually running horizontally)
  • n. an arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line
  • v. propel with oars
  • n. a continuous chronological succession without an interruption
  • n. the act of rowing as a sport


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

Middle English, from Old English rāw.
Middle English rowen, from Old English rōwan; see erə- in Indo-European roots.
Origin unknown.

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Old English rāw. Cognate with Dutch rij and German Reihe ("row").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English rowen ("to row"), from Old English rōwan ("to row"), from Proto-Germanic *rōanan (“to row”), from Proto-Indo-European *ere-, *rē- (“to row”). More at rudder.

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Unclear; some suggest it is a back-formation from rouse, verb.


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