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oar

1. a long shaft of wood for propelling a boat by rowing, having a broad blade that is dipped into and pulled against the water. Oars were also used for steering certain kinds of ancient sailing boats
2. short for oarsman

Oar

 

the oldest apparatus for moving rowboats through the water. The constituent parts of the oar are the blade, the shaft, and the grip. Oars are differentiated according to size and shape into single-bladed oars for rowing from one side, with support from an oarlock, called loom and paddle oars (with one or two per rower) and into twin-bladed oars for rowing alternately on both sides (on kayaks). The smallest and simplest oars are called paddles. The oars of the largest ancient rowing vessels (galleys, triremes, and others) reached lengths of 14 to 16 m, with up to seven oarsmen placed on each oar. Usually oars are made from a single piece of wood (of ash, maple, pine, and others), with binding at the end of the blade. Aluminum oars are mainly used on pneumatic boats.

What does it mean when you dream about an oar?

Oars represent a journey across the surface of the unconscious. They also symbolize masculine power. Oars penetrate the waters of the emotions and the psyche, moving through the issues at hand. Having only one oar and being motionless, or trying to row with only one oar, may depict the need for a partner or mate.

References in classic literature ?
Feeling that she had not mended matters much, Amy took the offered third of a seat, shook her hair over her face, and accepted an oar.
As for Fedallah, who was seen pulling the harpooneer oar, he had thrown aside his black jacket, and displayed his naked chest with the whole part of his body above the gunwale, clearly cut against the alternating depressions of the watery horizon; while at the other end of the boat Ahab, with one arm, like a fencer's, thrown half backward into the air, as if to counterbalance any tendency to trip: Ahab was seen steadily managing his steering oar as in a thousand boat lowerings ere the White Whale had torn him.
Then Gabriel shrieked out to his comrades to give way with their oars, and in that manner the mutinous boat rapidly shot away from the Pequod.
The raft drew beyond the middle of the river; the boys pointed her head right, and then lay on their oars.
The son of Barbarossa was so cruel, and treated his slaves so badly, that, when those who were at the oars saw that the She-wolf galley was bearing down upon them and gaining upon them, they all at once dropped their oars and seized their captain who stood on the stage at the end of the gangway shouting to them to row lustily; and passing him on from bench to bench, from the poop to the prow, they so bit him that before he had got much past the mast his soul had already got to hell; so great, as I said, was the cruelty with which he treated them, and the hatred with which they hated him.
A few strokes of the oar brought us to the sand, where we ran ashore.
The sailors did not wait for a second invitation; four strokes of the oar brought them to land; Gaetano sprang to shore, exchanged a few words with the sentinel, then his comrades disembarked, and lastly came Franz.
And setting the example he plowed his oar into the sea; two strokes took the bark on twenty fathoms further.
Tell me, wondrous image," exclaimed Jason, --"since you inherit the wisdom of the Speaking Oak of Dodona, whose daughter you are,--tell me, where shall I find fifty bold youths, who will take each of them an oar of my galley?
Nothing of her ever comes to light - no grating, no lifebuoy, no piece of boat or branded oar - to give a hint of the place and date of her sudden end.
The current bore them along, almost without the aid of an oar.
The hoarse voice of Benjamin was alone heard issuing out of the gloom, as he uttered, in authoritative tones, “Pull larboard oar,” “Pull starboard,” “ Give way together, boys,” and such other indicative mandates as were necessary for the right disposition of his seine.