Main definitions of scull in English

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scull1

noun

  • 1Each of a pair of small oars used by a single rower.

    • ‘As well as traditional rowing oars and sculls, they manufacture oars for surf boat rowing, and transatlantic teams.’
    1. 1.1 An oar placed over the stern of a boat to propel it by a side to side motion, reversing the blade at each turn.
      oar, scull, sweep, blade, spoon, spade
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    2. 1.2 A light, narrow boat propelled with a scull or a pair of sculls:
      ‘their current training programme involves two outings a day at the weekend in their single sculls’
      • ‘He has supported his wife, Sonia, in her successful quest to qualify a single sculls boat for the Athens Olympics.’
      • ‘The two friends had gone for a light row and were turning the double scull boat opposite the boat slip at the Rowing Club when Kieran became suddenly ill.’
      • ‘What is next when you're the fastest man in the world in a single scull?’
      • ‘This year he trained the light scull world champion Victoria Dimitrova as well as Neikova.’
      • ‘The unique feature of this concept is that the eight and the quadruple sculls will be raced by mixed crews made up of men and women.’
      • ‘By concentrating on the sculls and not breathing, the sculls become faster with more power output.’
      • ‘The vice-president of the club, Bhavani Shankar, said the club had been changing its style of boat race training from traditional boats to sculls.’
      • ‘After we had all got ourselves into our lovely smelling kit, our training cox Rachel gave a talk about safety and then taught us how to pick up an eight scull boat and put it in the river.’
      • ‘A 3,000-meter rowing course with submersible lane markers is laid out on the Lower Otay Lake to accommodate athletes training in sweeps and sculls.’
      • ‘The first event was raced in a fixed seat single scull for rowers who are unable to use their legs.’
    3. 1.3sculls A race between boats in which each participant uses a pair of oars:
      ‘he competed for the cross-country team and later concentrated on single sculls’
      • ‘The other qualifiers yesterday were the men's quadruple sculls.’
      • ‘All three heavyweight women's crews won medals: two silvers, for the women's pair and the quadruple sculls, bronze for the double scull.’
      • ‘In modern terms this is called double sculls, where each rower has two oars apiece.’
      • ‘Britain's women's quadruple sculls hopefuls have a week to focus on gold after qualifying with ease for next Sunday's final.’
      • ‘Sarah Birch, who was a World Champion in 2001 and fifth in the women's lightweight pair, switches to the lightweight women's quadruple sculls.’
      • ‘This meant that the junior men's and junior women's quadruple sculls, together with three final races in the Japan Cup, were not held.’
      • ‘First up in the breezy but not overwhelmingly difficult conditions yesterday was Ian Lawson, in the men's single sculls.’
      • ‘Also racing in today's finals will be Scotland's Olympic silver medallist Katherine Grainger, who along with her Marlow and Leander crewmates, won the women's quadruple sculls yesterday.’
      • ‘Anne Homa won women's S1 single sculls and Anna Mahlamaki won women's novice sculls in her first race in a sculling boat despite clipping the bank a few times.’
      • ‘Andrea Finn was second along with three members of other clubs, including Sydney Olympics silver medallist Guin Batten in the women's quadruple scull.’
      • ‘In the women's single sculls, the heats were won by Yoon Hui Lee and Chien Ju Chiang.’
      • ‘The event, sponsored by Henri Lloyd, also includes women's and men's sculls, novice races and dragon boat racing.’
      • ‘One of the day's most dramatic races came in the final of the women's quadruple sculls.’
      • ‘She followed that with World Cup gold in the women's quadruple scull in Poznan and a silver in the same boat in Munich with substitute Sarah Winckless on board.’
      • ‘Nikree is concentrating on the double sculls to be raced tomorrow, and Yung did well despite nursing a sprained ankle which she sustained earlier this week.’
      • ‘As a rower on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, Nuzum managed an eighth-place finish in the heavyweight double sculls in the Sydney Games.’
      • ‘The main events finished on the predicted lines as the host's teams made it to all the finals of the four events - single and double sculls, coxswainless pairs and coxed fours.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Propel a boat with sculls:

    ‘he built boats and taught the gentlemen how to scull’
    • ‘Dan Clarke of York City sculled well to win both novice single and double sculls, where he was joined by this year's captain Dan Beaumont.’
    • ‘Ann Homa, of York City, sculled well to win both women's senior class one and veteran class B sculls.’
    • ‘On the mirror-like surface of this pond at midday, as it seemed (the scene in the novel takes place at stormy night, and still-stormy early dawn), Maggie sculled her way to the mill.’
    • ‘Coracles are paddled, or more correctly sculled, not to the stern but rather toward the bow using a figure-eight stroke.’
    • ‘Joe Lyon sculled his best race of the season so far by winning men's junior 16 single sculls in 16-00.’
    • ‘World Cup single sculling champion Miroslava Knapkova was in complete control of her heat as she sculled in nearly half a minute up on the field including Dutch Challenge Cup winner Myke Mol.’
    • ‘Joe Fricker sculled confidently to win Senior 1 and 3 single sculls.’
    • ‘Nearly every exercise class you can think of is offered here, and you can also hike, canoe, scull and kayak.’
    • ‘Greatly curious, the American fishermen lifted anchor and sculled over with oars.’
    • ‘Steph Gant sculled competently at the higher level of Women's Senior 2 Single Sculls.’
    • ‘‘You're a natural,’ said Coach Paul as I sculled for the first time in my life.’
    • ‘Dick Gradley sculled well to win men's veteran H handicapped sculls in 17-59.’
    1. 1.1[with object and adverbial of direction] Transport (someone) in a boat propelled with sculls:
      ‘she had to be sculled through the floods’
    2. 1.2[no object, with adverbial of direction] (of an aquatic animal) propel itself with fins or flippers:
      ‘the limbs were modified into efficient paddles, perfectly adapted for sculling through the water’
      • ‘A green turtle sculled towards us, stopping only a metre away.’

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

scull

/skʌl/

Main definitions of scull in English

: scull1scull2

scull2

noun

Canadian
  • 1A large group of fish which has migrated from the open sea to inshore waters.

    1. 1.1 The annual migration of fish from the open sea to inshore waters.

Origin

Variant of school.

Pronunciation:

scull

/skʌl/