row

A row is a straight line of something, like a row of penguins at the zoo, tulips planted in a row in a garden, or a row of tuba players marching in the Fourth of July parade in your town.

A row is anything that's lined up, from the row of stitches on your knitting needle to the row of numbers on your spreadsheet. Row is also a verb meaning "to paddle." Row also means a noisy argument, but when you use it this way, it rhymes with cow, rather than toe. The origin of this last meaning is uncertain, but it probably came from the word carousal, or "drinking bout," as a kind of British university slang.

Primary Meanings of row

1.
n
an arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line
2.
vn
propel with oars
the act of rowing as a sport
3.
n
an angry dispute
Full Definitions of row
1

n an arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line

“a row of chairs”
Types:
serration
a row of notches
terrace
a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face)
Type of:
line
a formation of people or things one beside another

n a linear array of numbers, letters, or symbols side by side

Type of:
array
an orderly arrangement

n a long continuous strip (usually running horizontally)

“a mackerel sky filled with rows of clouds”
rows of barbed wire protected the trenches”
Type of:
strip
a relatively long narrow piece of something

n (construction) a layer of masonry

Synonyms:
course
Types:
damp course, damp-proof course
a course of some impermeable material laid in the foundation walls of building near the ground to prevent dampness from rising into the building
row of bricks
a course of bricks place next to each other (usually in a straight line)
Type of:
bed, layer
single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance

n a continuous chronological succession without an interruption

“they won the championship three years in a row
Type of:
chronological sequence, chronological succession, sequence, succession, successiveness
a following of one thing after another in time
2

v propel with oars

row the boat across the lake”
Types:
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stroke
row at a particular rate
feather, square
turn the oar, while rowing
pull
operate when rowing a boat
scull
propel with sculls
Type of:
boat
ride in a boat on water

n the act of rowing as a sport

Synonyms:
rowing
Types:
crab
a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
sculling
rowing by a single oarsman in a racing shell
Type of:
athletics, sport
an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
3

n an angry dispute

Synonyms:
dustup, quarrel, run-in, words, wrangle
Types:
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affray, altercation, fracas
noisy quarrel
bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff
a quarrel about petty points
bust-up
a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship)
batrachomyomachia
a silly altercation
Type of:
conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
a disagreement or argument about something important

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