A pair of oars.
The definition of an oar is a paddle with a long handle and a flat blade used to row or steer a boat.
An example of an oar is one of two paddles used in a rowboat.
- a long pole with a broad blade at one end, held in place by an oarlock and used in pairs to row a boat: a single oar is sometimes used in steering a boat
- a person who uses an oar; rower
Origin of oarMiddle English ore ; from Old English ar, akin to Old Norse ; from Indo-European an unverified form oyer-, rudder pole ; from base an unverified form ei-, an unverified form oi-, pole, rod from source Classical Greek oi?ion, rudder
put one's oar in
rest on one's oars
to stop to rest or relax, as from satisfaction over past achievements
- A long, thin, usually wooden pole with a blade at one end, used to row or steer a boat.
- A person who rows a boat, especially in a race.
verboared, oar·ing, oars
- To propel with or as if with oars or an oar.
- To traverse with or as if with oars or an oar: an hour to oar the strait.
To move forward by or as if by rowing: oared strongly across the finish line.
Origin of oarMiddle English or, from Old English ar.
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