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Definition: To feather the oars
([=o]r), n [AS. [=a]r; akin to Icel. [=a]r, Dan. aare,
Sw. [*a]ra; perh. akin to E. row, v. Cf. Rowlock
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.
Note: An oar is a kind of long paddle, which swings about a
kind of fulcrum, called a rowlock, fixed to the side of
2. An oarsman; a rower; as, he is a good oar.
3. (Zo["o]l.) An oarlike swimming organ of various
(Zo["o]l.), the water rail. [Prov. Eng.]
, 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
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.