an implement used to propel or steer a boat
An implement used to propel a boat or a ship in the water, having a flat blade at one end, being rowed from the other end and being normally fastened to the vessel.
To row; to propel with oars.
Origin: ar, from ár.
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
an oarsman; a rower; as, he is a good oar
an oarlike swimming organ of various invertebrates
Origin: [AS. r; akin to Icel. r, Dan. aare, Sw. ra; perh. akin to E. row, v. Cf. Rowlock.]
An oar is an implement used for water-borne propulsion. Oars have a flat blade at one end. Oarsmen grasp the oar at the other end. The difference between oars and paddles are that paddles are held by the paddler, and are not connected with the vessel. Oars generally are connected to the vessel by means of rowlocks or tholes which transmit the applied force to the boat. In this system the water is the fulcrum. Oarsmen generally face the stern of the vessel, reach as far as they can towards the stern, and insert the blade of their oar in the water. As they lean back, towards the vessel's bow, the blade of their oars sweeps the water towards the stern, providing forward thrust – see lever. For thousands of years vessels were powered either by sails, or the mechanical work of oarsmen, or paddlers. Some ancient vessels were propelled by either oars or sail, depending on the speed and direction of the wind.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ōr, n. a light pole with a flat feather or spoon-shaped end (the blade) for propelling a boat: an oar-like appendage for swimming, as the antennæ of an insect or crustacean, &c.: an oarsman.—v.t. to impel by rowing.—v.i. to row.—n. Oar′age, oars collectively.—adj. Oared, furnished with oars.—ns. Oar′lap, a rabbit with its ears standing out at right-angles to the head; Oar′-lock, a rowlock; Oars′man, one who rows with an oar; Oars′manship, skill in rowing.—adj. Oar′y, having the form or use of oars.—Boat oars, to bring the oars inboard; Feather oars, to turn the blades parallel to the water when reaching back for another stroke; Lie on the oars, to cease rowing without shipping the oars: to rest, take things easily: to cease from work; Put in one's oar, to give advice when not wanted; Ship, or Unship, oars, to place the oars in the rowlocks, or to take them out. [A.S. ár.]
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The numerical value of oar in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of oar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Basically just grabbing an oar.
He has an oar in every man's boat, and a finger in every pie.
There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.
I don't believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them.
This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never fought Should contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native land Never to this day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand.
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- remCatalan, Valencian
- ràmhScottish Gaelic
- թիակ, թիArmenian
- ნიჩაბი, ხოფიGeorgian
- riem, roeiriemDutch
- vâslă, ramăRomanian
- veslo, veslaSerbo-Croatian
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