sweep oar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sweep oar a long oar used in an open boat
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Usage

In literature:

There was the long sweeping oar, balanced on a pivot at either end, with the handle reaching almost to the middle of the boat.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
To propel a boat or vessel by oars or sweeps, which are managed in a direction nearly horizontal.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The raging flood sweeps every oar away.
"The Children's Garland from the Best Poets" by Various
Got becalmed towards morning, but managed to reach our port at ten, with the help of the sweeps, or long oars.
"Rambles Beyond Railways;" by Wilkie Collins
What seek the souls, and why must some depart the river's rim, While others with the sweep of oars the leaden waters skim?
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
They had only to drop into their boat and pursue, when his clumsy old broken sweep would prove no match for a pair of oars.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
No sailing rig is indicated, but tholes for 12 oars or sweeps on each side are shown.
"Fulton's "Steam Battery": Blockship and Catamaran" by Howard I. Chapelle
Once a big bateau went drifting by and disappeared behind Gannet Island, under a lazy sail and with two men at the long sweeps, or oars.
"Wyn's Camping Days" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Naval cutters and whalers are out under oars for exercise, and thrash up and down the Bay with the long steady sweep of practised rowers.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
Jim bent the sweep into the rushing tide of the river and I buckled to the oar.
"The Frontier Boys in the Grand Canyon" by Wyn Roosevelt
A long, sweeping oar was hung at each end, and balanced so as to dip into the water.
"The Frontier Angel" by Edward S. Ellis
With muffled oars, nearer and nearer they sweep to the spot from whence the sounds proceed.
"Harry Milvaine" by Gordon Stables
At first he heard the sound of limping footsteps, then the sweep of oars.
"Boy Scouts in the Northwest" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Dale, sweeping the water with his oar, loomed dim and large just above her.
"Maid of the Mist" by John Oxenham
Sitting well wrapped at the door of the cabin, shortly before midnight, Clay once more heard the sweep of a paddle or an oar.
"The River Motor Boat Boys on the St. Lawrence" by Harry Gordon
There were several sweeps (heavy oars) held in bights of rope along the rail.
"The Corner House Girls Under Canvas" by Grace Brooks Hill
The boat, filled with armed men, came under full sweep of oars up the entrance to the gully.
"With Drake on the Spanish Main" by Herbert Strang
With a sweep of the oars the boat came alongside the shore.
"Meg's Friend" by Alice Abigail Corkran
The next powerful sweep of her oars carried her near the struggling girl.
"The Missing Formula" by Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
No sailing rig is indicated, but tholes for 12 oars or sweeps on each side are shown.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

And the full chorus clear, and deep,
From the gay gondoliers, who ply
Their oar's with light, and measur'd sweep,
While mingling that rich melody.
"Venice" by Eliza Acton
In front came Svend, the King of the Danes,
Sweeping down with his fifty rowers;
To the right, the Swedish king with his thanes;
And on board of the Iron Beard
Earl Eric steered
To the left with his oars.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XIX. -- King Olaf's War-" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow