Definition of row noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//roʊ//
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  1. 1  row (of somebody/something) a number of people standing or sitting next to each other in a line; a number of objects arranged in a line a row of trees We sat in a row at the back of the room. The vegetables were planted in neat rows.
  2. 2  a line of seats in a cinema/movie theater, etc. Let's sit in the back row. Our seats are five rows from the front.
  3. 3a complete line of stitches in knitting or crochet
  4. 4Row used in the name of some roads Manor Row
  5. 5[usually singular] an act of rowing a boat; the period of time spent doing this We went for a row on the lake.
  6. see also death row, skid row
    Word Originnoun senses 1 to 4 Old English rāw, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch rij and German Reihe. noun sense 5 Old English rōwan, of Germanic origin; related to rudder; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin remus ‘oar’, Greek eretmon ‘oar’.Extra examples He looked down at row upon row of eager faces. It rained for five days in a row. She arranged the chairs in two neat rows. The children stood in a row. We have seats in the front row. a long row of houses endless rows of identical houses serried rows of vines He turned into Church Row. I live at 22 Western Row. Let’s sit in the back row. They live in a row house in Washington’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. a row of children/​houses/​treesIdioms
    get/have (all) your ducks in a row
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    (especially North American English) to have made all the preparations needed to do something; to be well organized The company has its ducks in a row for a move into the Asian market. Get your ducks in a row before you retire.
    1. 1  if something happens several times in a row, it happens in exactly the same way each time, and nothing different happens in the time between This is her third win in a row.
    2. 2  if something happens for several days, etc. in a row, it happens on each of those days Inflation has fallen for the third month in a row.