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Bow oar


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bow oar One who rows at the bow of a boat.
    • Bow oar The oar used by the bowman.
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In literature:

I will take the steering-oar; Jose can manage the bow oar; and you, Halliday, and Charlie can tend the halyards and sheet.
"Saved from the Sea" by W.H.G. Kingston
I was all ready in the bow with the harpoon, and the men were all ready with their oars to pull back, so as to keep clear of him.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
The man at the bow oar leaned over and caught it.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
Amos pulled the bow oar, and behind him was the tub with the line coiled away and the harpoon bent on to it.
"The World of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
One of the men at the bow oar stood up, and after a short glance, said that he thought it was a man.
"Erling the Bold" by R.M. Ballantyne
He sat down in the bow to attend to the regulator, while Oblooria held the steering-oar.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
Two sturdy sailors drew in their oars, got up, and leaned over the bow with outstretched arms.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
Browne had the bow-oar, and putting his whole force into every stroke, was pulling like a giant.
"The Island Home" by Richard Archer
I was bow oar, and I found that I could hold my own with the rest of the crew.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
The passenger took his seat in the bow of the boat and stripped off his coat in readiness to pull an oar.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
So then did Frithiof take the two bow oars again, and rowed full mightily.
"The Story Of Frithiof The Bold" by Anonymous
The two bow and the two stroke oarsmen elevated their oars, and the whole twelve were then in unison.
"The Boat Club" by Oliver Optic
Kit seated himself in the bow, and I took the oars.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
The boat was brought up to the gangway; the man at the bow oar stepped out and assisted her on board.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
The captain had his position in the bow and two powerful sailors were at the oars, one on either side.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
Toffy rowed the bow-oar now, and Purvis, who knew every turn of the river, took the tiller-ropes.
"Peter and Jane" by S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
Presently I was under the ship, which had a gilded dragon in the bows, and a tier of oars along either side.
"The Last of the Legions and Other Tales of Long Ago" by Arthur Conan Doyle
He was in the bow peering ahead, while Harry was at the oars.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
The bowman boated his oar and leant over the bows.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
One of the men stands upright in the bow of the boat, and the others watch him, sitting with the oars in their hands.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

To our own nets ne'er bow we down,
Lest on the eternal shore
The angels, while oar draught they own,
Reject us evermore:
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble