Oar

Definition of Oar

Pronunciation: ōr
n1.
1.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.
2.An oarsman; a rower; as, he is a good oar.
3.(Zool.) An oarlike swimming organ of various invertebrates.
Oar cock
(Zool.) the water rail.
Spoon oar
an oar having the blade so curved as to afford a better hold upon the water in rowing.
To boat the oars
to cease rowing, and lay the oars in the boat.
To feather the oars
See under Feather.
To lie on the oars
to cease pulling, raising the oars out of water, but not boating them; to cease from work of any kind; to be idle; to rest.
To muffle the oars
to put something round that part which rests in the rowlock, to prevent noise in rowing.
To put in one's oar
to give aid or advice; - commonly used of a person who obtrudes aid or counsel not invited.
To ship the oars
to place them in the rowlocks.
To toss the oars
To peak the oars, to lift them from the rowlocks and hold them perpendicularly, the handle resting on the bottom of the boat.
To trail oars
to allow them to trail in the water alongside of the boat.
To unship the oars
to take them out of the rowlocks.
v. t. & i.1.To row.
[imp. & p. p. Oared ; p. pr. & vb. n. Oaring.]
Oared with laboring arms.
- Pope.

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bargee, bargeman, barger, boat-handler, boater, boatman, boatsman, ferrier, ferryman, galley slave, gondolier, lighterman, oarsman, paddle, pole, pull, punter, row, rower, scull, steering oar, sweep, waterman, yachter, yachtsman
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