1. an oar mounted on a fulcrum at the stern of a small boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
  2. either of a pair of oars rowed by one rower.
  3. a boat propelled by an oar or oars.
  4. a light, narrow racing boat for one, two, or sometimes four rowers, each equipped with a pair of oars.
  5. sculls, a race involving such boats.Compare double sculls, single sculls.

verb (used with object)

  1. to propel or convey by means of a scull or sculls.

verb (used without object)

  1. to propel a boat with a scull or sculls.


  1. a single oar moved from side to side over the stern of a boat to propel it
  2. one of a pair of short-handled oars, both of which are pulled by one oarsman, esp in a racing shell
  3. a racing shell propelled by an oarsman or oarsmen pulling two oars
  4. (plural) a race between racing shells, each propelled by one, two, or four oarsmen pulling two oars
  5. an act, instance, period, or distance of sculling


  1. to propel (a boat) with a scull

n.kind of short, light, spoon-bladed oar, mid-14c., of unknown origin. The verb is from 1620s, from the noun. Related: Sculled; sculling.

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