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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



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.

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The Greeks long ago discovered that by placing longer and heavier oars at fixed (and sometimes locked) positions amidships on the gunnels, the rower enjoys far better leverage and the oars displace more water.
Then, while looking at a bunch of tenders at a dinghy dock recently, I realised that most of them had a paddle for an emergency but not one had a pair of oars.
The 158th Boat Race was eventually restarted and Cambridge powered to victory after Oxford suffered another setback with a broken oar.
As this was going on, a few Central Ohio firefighters, who had been testing Body Oars prototypes realized a potential of remaining in powerful physical condition without overloading their joints and vertebrae.
Six of them pause with their oars out of the water as the warship passes.
The analysis of the existing designs [4] shows that although loading of the rower is analyzed comprehensively [5-7], none of them [8] allows to simulate the real loading on the oar sufficiently.
Miriam, 26, a freelance photographer from Norwich, said: "We had put the oars in while we were cuddling and we got carried away by the moment.
LOWELL - Crew, I've long believed, is the most aesthetic of sports - fiberglass arrows skimming along the water, arms and oars forming a perfectly synchronized, pulsating quill.
Ishiko used strain gauge dynamometers mounted on the oars of the silver medal winning 8+ from Tokyo 1964 to measure peak dynamic forces.
If you've ever watched a rowing competition during the Olympics, you may have noticed that the rowers turn their oars so that when the oar enters the water it is almost parallel with the surface of the water.
Beyond them lay two wooden steering oars from a ship, the first complete parts of an ancient Egyptian ship ever recovered.