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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bow-oar the oar nearest the bow
    • ***


In literature:

Give way, gigs, and pass the word for the bow oar to lay in and keep a bright lookout ahead.
"Under the Meteor Flag" by Harry Collingwood
Ah, yes, our bow oar is level with their stroke.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
They had gone quite half-way before the regular rhythmical beat of oars, and the splash and rattle of water beneath the gig's bows were heard.
"Mother Carey's Chicken" by George Manville Fenn
His words acted like magic, and the oars bent, while the water rattled and pattered under our bows.
"Bunyip Land" by George Manville Fenn
The seamen bent their backs to the oars with right good will; the water hissed and bubbled under the bows.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
Adair sprang into her, and Snatchblock took the bow oar.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
Just then Tom, who had taken the bow oar, standing up to look out, saw two heads.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
They were almost seizing the bows of the boat before we had time to get out the oars and shove into the stream.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
Soper was pulling bow oar.
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
The water flew hissing from the bows of the boat, and leaped in spray from the blades of our oars as they clove the surface.
"Mark Seaworth" by William H.G. Kingston
It is rowed by one man, with one oar, which he works near the bow on the starboard side.
"Rollo on the Rhine" by Jacob Abbott
Ruth slipped into the bow seat with her oar, and Uncle Jabez took stroke.
"Ruth Fielding and the Gypsies" by Alice B. Emerson
All but Bow are in full sunlight, sweating at their oars, he is in the shadow the sail casts on our bow.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
Smith and Higgins took their places at the oars and Blythe stepped into the bow.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
In the hope of helping matters, he swung the bow oar a number of times, so as to turn the head out in the stream.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
One of them stands upright in the bow of the boat, and the others watch him sitting with the oars in their hands.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Chep held the steering oar, and Kria, squatting in the bows, propelled the boat with quick strong strokes.
"In Court and Kampong" by Hugh Clifford
He realised, though, that his was the bow oar, and for a few moments that was all he could grasp.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
That same evening the "Lily's," with more pluck than discretion, tossed their oars under our bows.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
Louis had the bow oar in Peter January's boat and he rose when nearing shore.
"Our Caughnawagas in Egypt" by Louis Jackson

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