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Definition of the noun scull

What does scull mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sculls

  1. a long oar that is mounted at the stern of a boat and moved left and right to propel the boat forward
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: oar = an implement used to propel or steer a boat
  2. each of a pair of short oars that are used by a single oarsman
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: oar = an implement used to propel or steer a boat
  3. a racing shell that is propelled by sculls
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: racing shell / shell = a very light narrow racing boat

Specialised definition of the noun scull

Glossary of sports

a light boat that is propelled by an oarsman or oarswoman with an oar in each hand (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / rowing

a short oar used by scullers (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

one of a pair of oars that are used by a single rower, one in each hand

Glossary of sports / synchronized swimming

a movement of the hands against the water in synchronized swimming, designed to provide balance and support (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

continuous movement of the hands in the water to balance and support the body

Definition of the verb scull

What does scull mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sculled | sculling | sculls

  1. propel with sculls
    • example: scull the boat
    • domains: athletics / sport; boat
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: row = propel with oars

Alternative definition of the verb scull


  1. To row a boat using a scull or sculls.
  2. [Australia, New Zealand, slang] to drink the entire contents of something without pausing. Derived from Scandinavian "skål".

Specialised definition of the verb scull

Glossary of sports / rowing

to use sculls to propel a boat


Scull a.k.a. Boat: A boat is a watercraft of any size designed to float or plane, to work or travel on water. Small boats are typically found on inland or in protected coastal areas. However, boats such as the whaleboat were designed for operation from a ship in an offshore environment. In naval terms, a boat is a vessel small enough to be carried aboard another vessel. Another less restrictive definition is a vessel that can be lifted out of the water. Some definitions do not make a distinction in size, as 1000-foot bulk freighters on the Great Lakes are called oreboats. For reasons of naval tradition, submarines are usually referred to as 'boats' rather than 'ships', regardless of their size and shape.

Phrases with scull

  1. to scull
  2. Double scull
  3. Single scull
  4. Quadruple Scull

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for scull

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Google previewMad Science (2013)

Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory, David Cohen

Andrew Scull is a Princeton—educated academic who currently is the chair of the Department of Sociology at University of California, ...

Google previewThe Boating Man's Vade-mecum (1891)

by William Winn

A scull is a small oar constructed with a broad feathered blade, ...

Google previewInside a Dog (2009)

by Dave Guthmann

scull or skull: A scull is a small oar or a narrow boat propelled by a pair of those oars. A skull is that hard thing in your head. Pirates fly the “skull and crossbones ...

Google previewAn Inquiry how Far the Vital and Animal Actions of the More Perfect Animals Can be Accounted for Independent of the Brain (1752)

In Five Essays, Being the Substance of the Chandos Lectures for the Year 1739, and Some Subsequent Years by Thomas Simson

scull is the small end; which indeed is quite rough, and looks as if it had been broke off from the parts next to it, from the mammillary proceffes, running upon the os cribriforme, which - - - afG + | are very large in cows. Now as this is 263 An ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of World Sport (1999)

From Ancient Times to the Present by David Levinson, Karen Christensen

The scull is the oar used for rowing when one rower uses two oars. The practice then is known as “sculling,” and the name scull is used for the craft so propelled.A shell is rowed by two or more oarsmen or women, each using one oar.

Google previewContested Etymologies in the Dictionary of the Rev. W. W. Skeat (1882)

by Hensleigh Wedgwood

SCULL. — " Every rowing man," says Skeat, " knows the essential difference between sculls and oars to consist in this, that ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

» SCULL. n.s. [It is derived by Skinner from shell, in some provinces called skull ; as tesla and teflt, or tete, signify the head. Mr Lye observes more satisfactorily, that stola is in Iflandick ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)

by Various

Scull,skul, n.a short,light,spoonbladed oar:a smallboat:a cockboat.

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

SCULL, n.s. Sax. rcpul. Derived by Skinher from shell, and in some provinces called shull. Mr. Lye observes more satisfactorily that skola is in Islandic the skull of an animal.— Johnson. It is clearly derived from Goth. skol, skal. The bone which ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

scull (1), skull, the cranium. (Scand.) M. E. skulle, scolle. Named from its bowllike shape. — Icel. skdl, Dan. skoal, Swed. skdl, bowl, basin ; see scale ...

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Scull Meaning

Video shows what scull means. A single oar mounted at the stern of a boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.. One of a pair of oars handled ...

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Scrabble value of S1C3U1L1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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