Definition of "oar" [oar]

  • A long, thin, usually wooden pole with a blade at one end, used to row or steer a boat. (noun)
  • A person who rows a boat, especially in a race. (noun)
  • To propel with or as if with oars or an oar. (verb-transitive)
  • To traverse with or as if with oars or an oar: an hour to oar the strait. (verb-transitive)
  • To move forward by or as if by rowing: oared strongly across the finish line. (verb-intransitive)
  • A long shaft of wood for propelling a boat by rowing, having a broad blade that is dipped into and pulled against the water. Oars were also used for steering certain kinds of ancient sailing boats (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To row or propel with or as if with oars (verb)

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Use "oar" in a sentence
  • "July 15, 2008 at 9:34 am excep teh wyte pantzes……..oar teh wyte shirtz…..oar oar oar"
  • "Each droplet of water that passes over my oar is as easily identifiable as a person, and the voice of the water is the call of a multitude, giving and taking names."
  • "The singular form of retrices is rectrix which comes from the Latin word oar used to mean rower."