Meaning of ROW in English


I. ˈrō verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English rowen, from Old English rōwan; akin to Middle High German rüejen to row, Old Norse rōa, Latin remus oar, Greek eressein to row, eretmon oar, Sanskrit aritra

intransitive verb


a. : to propel a boat by means of oars

got into the dinghy and rowed out to the sloop

b. : to be a member of a racing crew

rowed on the varsity eight

c. : to take part in a rowing competition

rows against the champions in the annual regatta

2. archaic : to struggle to advance

no one shall find me rowing against the stream … I write for general amusement — Sir Walter Scott

3. : to move by or as if by the propulsion of oars

as the boats rowed in … we could hear groans and lamentations — Kenneth Roberts

pelicans row by on slow, powerful wings — Juana Vogt

transitive verb


a. : to propel with or as if with oars

row a boat

b. : to be equipped with (a specified number of oars)

the ceremonial barge rowed 14 oars


(1) : to participate in (a rowing match)

row a race

(2) : to compete against in a rowing match

rows the champion in the regatta

(3) : to pull (an oar) in a crew

rowed stroke for the class crew

2. : to transport in or as if in a boat propelled by oars

charged a small fee to row us across the river

sailors on shore leave row their girls around the lake in the park

II. noun

( -s )

: an act or instance of rowing

go for a row on the lake

III. ˈrəu̇

chiefly Scotland

variant of raw

IV. ˈrō noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English rawe, rowe, from Old English rāw, ræw; akin to Old High German rīga line, Latin rima slit, fissure, crack, Sanskrit rikhati he scratches, rekhā scratch, line


a. : a number of objects in a orderly series : string

a double row of sodium vapor highway lamps — American Guide Series: Virginia

b. : an uninterrupted sequence : succession

utter … rows of platitudes — Joyce Cary

won the state tourney for four years in a row — Bulletin of Bates College

c. : an arbitrary series or arrangement of the twelve-tone chromatic scale used as a basis or organizational device for modern musical compositions

2. archaic : a homogeneous group : category , set

an only daughter … who is, at least, approaching the old maid's row — Manasseh Cutler

3. obsolete : a written line especially metrical

the first row of the pious chanson — Shakespeare


a. : block I 5c(2)

street after street exactly alike, lined with rows — T.F.Hamlin

b. : a way for passage : alley , street

on Catfish row and down Ramcat Alley — Shelby Foote

two of the island's main arteries, Royal Poinciana Way and Coconut row — Walter Cartwright

c. : a street or area dominated by a specific kind of enterprise or occupancy

in most cities a separate automobile row has arisen on the edge of the central business district — C.D.Harris & E.L.Ullman

rumors fly along diplomatic row

zigzag from movie house to movie house like a barfly on whiskey row — Nathaniel Bart

5. : a continuous strip usually running horizontally or parallel to a base line: as

a. : a line of seats in a theater

a pair of seats in the fifth row center

b. : a line of cultivated plants

hoe between the rows

c. : a horizontal line (as of figures) — distinguished from column

row totals are added to get the column total

d. : a line of stitches across a piece of needlework

a row of knitting


(1) : a line of tufts in a carpet

there is usually one row of pile tufts for each cycle of back weaving

(2) : the average number of tufts per inch in a carpet counted in the direction of the warp

- a row to hoe

V. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to form into or furnish with rows

above the … heads of the students rowed before me — Ralph Ellison

a bare room rowed with dusty windows — R.M.Coates

VI. ˈrau̇ noun

( -s )

Etymology: origin unknown


a. : a noisy disturbance : brawl , ruckus

a first-class row between a brutal ranger … and an inoffensive citizen — S.E.White

b. : a heated argument : quarrel , squabble

a terrific row … between husband and wife because the former put a 15¢ stamp too much on a letter — H.J.Laski

during the recent row over atomic-energy legislation their feuding was epic — Alfred Friendly

2. slang chiefly Britain

a. : a loud sound : noise , racket

would make a beastly row with that instrument — F.M.Ford

b. : mouth

she give him a big apple to shut his row — Richard Llewellyn

Synonyms: see brawl

VII. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. archaic : to subject to assault : rough up

2. chiefly Britain : to speak angrily to : berate , scold

row ed the driver about the fare — McClure's

intransitive verb

: to have a quarrel : fight , squabble

wrangled and rowed with … other editors — W.A.White

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