To boat the oars
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. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) An oarlike swimming organ of various invertebrates. [1913 Webster]

{Oar cock} (Zo["o]l.), 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. 2000.

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  • To boat the oars — Boat Boat (b[=o]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Boating}.] 1. To transport in a boat; as, to boat goods. [1913 Webster] 2. To place in a boat; as, to boat oars. [1913 Webster] {To boat the oars}. See under {Oar}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To feather the oars — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To muffle the oars — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To ship the oars — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To toss the oars — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To unship the oars — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To back the oars — Back Back (b[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Backed} (b[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Backing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To get upon the back of; to mount. [1913 Webster] I will back him [a horse] straight. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To place or seat upon the back …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lie on the oars — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To back the field — Back Back (b[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Backed} (b[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Backing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To get upon the back of; to mount. [1913 Webster] I will back him [a horse] straight. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To place or seat upon the back …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To back the sails — Back Back (b[a^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Backed} (b[a^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Backing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To get upon the back of; to mount. [1913 Webster] I will back him [a horse] straight. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To place or seat upon the back …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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