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See also: rów and rōw

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Etymology 1[edit]

Old English rǣw, rāw, probably from Proto-Germanic *rai(h)waz. Cognate with Middle Dutch rīe, Dutch rij, Old High German rīga (line), rihan (to string), Middle High German rige (line, row, ditch), rīhe (row, line, corridor), German Reihe (row), Middle Low German rēge, rīge, Old Norse rega (string), Middle Dutch rīghe, Dutch rijg, rijge, German Riege (sport team).

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row (plural rows)

  1. A line of objects, often regularly spaced, such as seats in a theatre, vegetable plants in a garden etc.
    • Bible, 1 Kings vii. 4
      And there were windows in three rows.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      The bright seraphim in burning row.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
  2. A line of entries in a table, etc., going from left to right, as opposed to a column going from top to bottom.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English rowen (to row), from Old English rōwan (to row), from Proto-Germanic *rōaną (to row), from Proto-Indo-European *ere-, *h₁reh₁- (to row). Compare West Frisian roeie, Dutch roeien, Danish ro. More at rudder.

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row (plural rows)

  1. (weightlifting) An exercise performed with a pulling motion of the arms towards the back.
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Verb[edit]

row (third-person singular simple present rows, present participle rowing, simple past and past participle rowed)

  1. (transitive or intransitive, nautical) To propel (a boat or other craft) over water using oars.
  2. (transitive) To transport in a boat propelled with oars.
    to row the captain ashore in his barge
  3. (intransitive) To be moved by oars.
    The boat rows easily.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Unclear; some suggest it is a back-formation from rouse, verb.

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row (plural rows)

  1. A noisy argument.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Byron to this entry?)
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 22, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      In the autumn there was a row at some cement works about the unskilled labour men. A union had just been started for them and all but a few joined. One of these blacklegs was laid for by a picket and knocked out of time.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]? Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?
  2. A continual loud noise.
    Who's making that row?
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row (third-person singular simple present rows, present participle rowing, simple past and past participle rowed)

  1. (intransitive) to argue noisily
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Lower Sorbian[edit]

row

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *rovъ. Cognate with Upper Sorbian row, Polish rów (ditch), Czech rov, Russian ров (rov, ditch), Old Church Slavonic ровъ (rovŭ, ditch).

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row m (diminutive rowk)

  1. grave

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Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From an old perfective particle ro- + va.

Verb[edit]

row

  1. was, were (dependent form)

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Part of the substantive verb bee. This is the dependent form of the past tense va used after negative and interrogative particles:

    • Cha row aggle erbee er.
      • He was not in the least afraid.
    • Dooyrt eh dy row eh mac y ree.
      • He claimed that he was the son of the king.

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Noun[edit]

row m

  1. grave