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Definition of OAR

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Oar \Oar\ ([=o]r), n [AS. [=a]r; akin to Icel. [=a]r, Dan. aare, Sw. [*a]ra; perh. akin to E. row, v. Cf. {Rowlock}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. 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. [1913 Webster]

     Note: An oar is a kind of long paddle, which swings about a kind of fulcrum, called a rowlock, fixed to the side of the boat. [1913 Webster]

     2. An oarsman; a rower; as, he is a good oar.
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     3. (Zool.) An oarlike swimming organ of various invertebrates. [1913 Webster]

     {Oar cock}
        (Zool.), the water rail. [Prov. Eng.]

     {Spoon oar}, an oar having the blade so curved as to afford a better hold upon the water in rowing.

     {To boat the oars}, to cease rowing, and lay the oars in the boat.

     {To feather the oars}. See under {Feather}., v. t.

     {To lie on the oars}, to cease pulling, raising the oars out of water, but not boating them; to cease from work of any kind; to be idle; to rest.

     {To muffle the oars}, to put something round that part which rests in the rowlock, to prevent noise in rowing.

     {To put in one's oar}, to give aid or advice; -- commonly used of a person who obtrudes aid or counsel not invited.


     {To ship the oars}, to place them in the rowlocks.

     {To toss the oars}, To peak the oars, to lift them from the rowlocks and hold them perpendicularly, the handle resting on the bottom of the boat.

     {To trail oars}, to allow them to trail in the water alongside of the boat.

     {To unship the oars}, to take them out of the rowlocks. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Oar \Oar\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Oared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Oaring}.] To row. "Oared himself." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

           Oared with laboring arms.                --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

25 Moby Thesaurus words for "oar":
     bargee, bargeman, barger, boat-handler, boater, boatman, boatsman, ferrier, ferryman, galley slave, gondolier, lighterman, oarsman, paddle, pole, pull, punter, row, rower, scull, steering oar, sweep, waterman, yachter, yachtsman


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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