AskDefine | Define scull

Dictionary Definition



1 a long-handled oar mounted at the stern of a boat and moved left and right to propel the boat forward
2 one of a pair of short-handled oars
3 a racing shell propelled by one or two oarsmen pulling two oars v : propel with sculls; "scull the boat"

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Etymology 1


  1. A type of oar.
  2. A small rowing boat, for one person.


  1. to row a boat using sculls

Etymology 2


  1. A skull cap. A small bowl shaped helmet, without visor or bever.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 11.
      The scull is a head piece, without visor or bever, resembling a bowl or bason, such as was worn by our cavalry, within twenty or thirty years.


  1. (Australian slang) to drink the entire contents of something without pausing


Extensive Definition

Sculling is a word that has two different meanings:

Competitive sculling

In competitive rowing, sculling means to propel a sculling boat or skiff, using two oars (one in each hand), as opposed to sweeping which, strictly speaking, means propelling the boat with a single oar held by both hands. Most commonly, sculling is carried out by a single sculler in a single scull, but it is also common to see races involving sculling boats that contain two, four, and even eight scullers.

Single oar sculling


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

boat, canoe, carry sail, catch a crab, circumnavigate, coast, cross, cruise, cut a crab, feather, feather an oar, give way, go by ship, go on shipboard, go to sea, make a passage, motorboat, navigate, oar, pace, paddle, ply, ply the oar, pole, pull, punt, row, row away, row dry, run, sail, sail round, sail the sea, seafare, ship oars, shoot, sky an oar, steam, steamboat, steering oar, sweep, take a voyage, traverse, voyage, yacht
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