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{n: crab} a stroke of the oar that either misses the water or digs too deeply
"he caught a crab and lost the race"

{n: dinghy, dory, rowboat} a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled

{n: feather, feathering} turning an oar parallel to the water between pulls

{n: galley} (classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars

{n: galley} a large medieval vessel with a single deck propelled by sails and oars with guns at stern and prow; a complement of 1,000 men; used mainly in the Mediterranean for war and trading

{n: oar} an implement used to propel or steer a boat

{n: paddle, boat paddle} a short light oar used without an oarlock to propel a canoe or small boat

{n: peg, pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlock} a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing

{n: sampan} an Asian skiff usually propelled by two oars

{n: sculler} someone who sculls (moves a long oar pivoted on the back of the boat to propel the boat forward)

{n: scull} a long oar that is mounted at the stern of a boat and moved left and right to propel the boat forward

{n: scull} each of a pair of short oars that are used by a single oarsman

{n: skiff} any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor

{n: sweep, sweep oar} a long oar used in an open boat

{n: trireme} ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each side

{n: yawl} a ship's small boat (usually rowed by 4 or 6 oars)

{v: feather, square} turn the oar, while rowing

{v: pull} operate when rowing a boat
"pull the oars"

{v: row} propel with oars
"row the boat across the lake"

{v: tug} pull or strain hard at
"Each oar was tugged by several men"

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