Meaning of ROW in English


1. n.1 a number of persons or things in a more or less straight line.

2 a line of seats across a theatre etc. (in the front row).

3 a street with a continuous line of houses along one or each side.

4 a line of plants in a field or garden.

5 a horizontal line of entries in a table etc.

Phrases and idioms:

a hard row to hoe a difficult task. in a row

1. forming a row.

2 colloq. in succession (two Sundays in a row). row-house US a terrace house.

Etymology: ME raw, row, f. OE f. Gmc 2. v. & n.


1. tr. propel (a boat) with oars.

2 tr. convey (a passenger) in a boat in this way.

3 intr. propel a boat in this way.

4 tr. make (a stroke) or achieve (a rate of striking) in rowing.

5 tr. compete in (a race) by rowing.

6 tr. row a race with.


1. a spell of rowing.

2 an excursion in a rowing-boat.

Phrases and idioms:

row-boat US rowing-boat. row down overtake in a rowing, esp. bumping, race. rowing-boat Brit. a small boat propelled by oars. rowing-machine a device for exercising the muscles used in rowing. row out exhaust by rowing (the crew were completely rowed out at the finish). row over complete the course of a boat race with little effort, owing to the absence or inferiority of competitors.


rower n.

Etymology: OE rowan f. Gmc, rel. to RUDDER, L remus oar 3. n. & v. colloq.


1. a loud noise or commotion.

2 a fierce quarrel or dispute.

3 a a severe reprimand. b the condition of being reprimanded (shall get into a row).


1. intr. make or engage in a row.

2 tr. reprimand.

Phrases and idioms:

make (or kick up) a row 1 raise a noise.

2 make a vigorous protest.

Etymology: 18th-c. sl.: orig. unkn.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.