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.

Definitions of row
  1. noun
    an arrangement of objects or people side by side in a line
    “a row of chairs”
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    a row of notches
    a row of houses built in a similar style and having common dividing walls (or the street on which they face)
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    a formation of people or things one beside another
  2. noun
    a linear array of numbers, letters, or symbols side by side
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    an orderly arrangement
  3. noun
    a long continuous strip (usually running horizontally)
    “a mackerel sky filled with rows of clouds”
    rows of barbed wire protected the trenches”
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    a relatively long narrow piece of something
  4. noun
    (construction) a layer of masonry
    synonyms: course
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    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)
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    bed, layer
    single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance
  5. noun
    a continuous chronological succession without an interruption
    “they won the championship three years in a row
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    chronological sequence, chronological succession, sequence, succession, successiveness
    a following of one thing after another in time
  6. verb
    propel with oars
    row the boat across the lake”
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    row at a particular rate
    feather, square
    turn the oar, while rowing
    operate when rowing a boat
    propel with sculls
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    ride in a boat on water
  7. noun
    the act of rowing as a sport
    synonyms: crew, rowing
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    a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
    rowing by a single oarsman in a racing shell
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    athletics, sport
    an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
  8. noun
    an angry dispute
    synonyms: dustup, quarrel, run-in, words, wrangle
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    affray, altercation, fracas
    noisy quarrel
    bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff
    a quarrel about petty points
    a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship)
    a silly altercation
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    conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
    a disagreement or argument about something important
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