Definition of oar in English:

oar

noun

  • 1A pole with a flat blade, used to row or steer a boat through the water:

    ‘she pulled hard on the oars’
    • ‘Kaishek failed to notice the concealed motion and came at his opponent with both blades swirling like the oars of a seven man regatta rowing boat.’
    • ‘The ship can be easily steered with just the oars doing all the work when the sail is down.’
    • ‘Smith got his oar stuck in the water and had to stop rowing with 600 metres to go.’
    • ‘Sitting high in the water their oars were clearing the waves and the crew looked polished and clean.’
    • ‘In his opinion, it is very important to have on board: oars, oarlocks, a boat hook, a good knife, a sounder and the mobile phone.’
    • ‘The fine owner of a lodge at the shoreline was gracious enough to offer an aluminum boat with oars for our use.’
    • ‘He relates the importance of the thole, which secures the oar to the boat, and notes that towing was the expedition's worst job assignment.’
    • ‘The eight occupants of the boat take to the oars, pulling hard against the wind and waves.’
    • ‘Sailors pushed up and down on the oars like a water pump to manoeuvre the boat.’
    • ‘She saw a small wooden dock, and a wooden rowboat with two oars floating in the water.’
    • ‘They pull hard at the oars until the boat is abreast of the island, and then they ram the bow against its icy littoral.’
    • ‘Organised by the Gauteng Dragon Boat Association, long boats and oars will be provided for participants who do not have their own team boat.’
    • ‘The starboard oars dipped into the water and were held fast and the great ship slowed and stopped.’
    • ‘The canoe slowed down to a stop and Pierce set the oars back in the boat.’
    • ‘We docked by a port with several other boats in, most of them small rowing boats with oars.’
    • ‘I love being on the water, I love the sound the water makes and the oars on the boat, all of those things.’
    • ‘After dark, we could hear the sound of oars of an approaching dinghy.’
    • ‘As well as traditional rowing oars and sculls, they manufacture oars for surf boat rowing, and transatlantic teams.’
    • ‘Slowly, she got into the rowing boat, shipped the oars and made her way across to the centre of the river.’
    • ‘Each boat contains a crew of two and each crew rows an identical 7.1 metre boat that includes two sliding seats and the same sculling oars as used in standard rowing boats.’
    oar, scull, sweep, blade, spoon, spade
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    1. 1.1 An oarsman; a rower:
      ‘I was stroke oar and John was in the bow’
      • ‘He is considered by many as the best ‘stroke’ oar in the long history of lightweight rowing at Harvard.’
      • ‘The crew suddenly lost their stroke oar to eligibility issues, and Erickson was back to the drawing board to find a line-up.’
      • ‘The person on the port side all the way aft is the stroke oar, the rower who sets the pace that everyone else must match.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Propel with or as if with oars; row:

    ‘oaring the sea like madmen’
    [no object, with adverbial of direction] ‘oaring through the weeds’
    • ‘In May, foods and prayers are offered to Tin Hau, the goddess of fishermen, and the following month the brightly decorated Dragon Boats are oared swiftly in races through Hong Kong's waters.’
    • ‘They're oared to the docks where a Guild Estimator boards and examines the cargo, noting its quality and determining the number of lots that will go up for sale.’
    • ‘But everything progressed smoothly and he oared his canopy slow and smooth on the calm river, along with many others, all dreaming to reach the pinnacle of success through self-actualization.’
    • ‘The inhabitants of the area have long sailed, poled and oared their way along the delta's vast network of channels, which, in the pre-French era linked them to Southeast Asia's expanding markets.’

Origin

Old English ār, of Germanic origin; related to Danish and Norwegian åre.

Pronunciation:

oar

/ɔː/