Dictionary: ROW-A-BLE – ROY'TISH

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Capable of being rowed or rowed upon. [Not in use.] B. Jonson.

ROW'DY, n.

A riotous, turbulent fellow.

ROW'ED, pp.

Driven by oars.

ROW'EL, n. [Old Fr. rouelle; G. rädel; Sp. rodaja, a small wheel, a rowel; rueda, a wheel, L. rota, W. rhod. The French rouelle is a diminutive of roue, contracted from rota.]

  1. The little wheel of a spur, formed with sharp points.
  2. Among farriers, a roll of hair or silk, passed through the flesh on horses, answering to a seton in surgery. Encyc.
  3. A little flat ring or wheel of plate or iron on horses' bits. Spenser.

ROW'EL, v.t.

To insert a rowel in; to pierce the skin and insert a roll of hair or silk. Mortimer.

ROW'EL-ED, pp.

Pierced with a rowel.

ROW'EL-ING, ppr.

Inserting a roll of hair or silk; piercing the skin to make a rowel.

ROW'EN, n. [Qu. Heb. רען, to be green, to thrive.]

  1. Rowen is a field kept up till after Michaelmas, that the corn left on the ground may sprout into green. Notes on Tusser. Turn your cows that give milk into your rowens, till snow comes. Mortimer.
  2. In New England, the second growth of grass in a season. We never apply the word to a field, nor to a growth of corn, after harvest, nor is the word ever used in the plural. The first growth of grass for mowing is called the first crop, and the second rowen.

ROW'ER, n.

One that rows or manages an oar in rowing.

ROW'ING, ppr.

Impelling, as a boat by oars.



That part of a boat's gunwale on which the oar rests in rowing. Mar. Dict.


A little square hole in the side of small vessels of war, near the surface of the water, for the use of an oar for rowing in a calm. Mar. Dict.

ROY'AL, a. [Fr. royal; It. reale; Sp. and Port. real; contracted from L. regalis, from rex, king. See Rick and Right.]

  1. Kingly; pertaining to a king; regal; as, royal power or prerogative; a royal garden; royal domains; the royal family.
  2. Becoming a king; magnificent; as, royal state.
  3. Noble; illustrious. How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio? Shak.

ROY'AL, n.

  1. A large kind of paper. It is used us a noun or an adjective.
  2. Among seamen, a small sail spread immediately above the top-gallant-sail; sometimes termed the top-gallant-royal. Mar. Dict.
  3. One of the shoots of a stag's head. Bailey.
  4. In artillery, a small mortar.
  5. In England, one of the soldiers of the first regiment of foot, called the royals, and supposed to be the oldest regular corps in Europe. James.


Attachment to the principles or cause of royalty, or to a royal government. Madison.


An adherent to a king, or one attached to a kingly government. Where Candish fought, the royalists prevail'd. Waller.

ROY'AL-IZE, v.t.

To make royal. Shak.


Made royal.

ROY'AL-LY, adv.

In a kingly manner; like a king; as becomes a king. His body shall be royally interr'd. Dryden.

ROY'AL-TY, n. [Fr. royauté; It. realtà.]

  1. Kingship; the character, state or office of a king. Royalty by birth was the sweetest way of majesty. Holyday.
  2. Royalties, plur. emblems of royalty; regalia. Milton.
  3. Rights of a king; prerogative. Encyc.

ROYNE, v.t. [Fr. rogner.]

To bite; to gnaw. [Not in use.] Spenser.

ROYN'ISH, a. [Fr. rogneux, mangy; Sp. roñoso; It. rognoso.]

Mean; paltry; as, the roynish clown. [Not in use.] Shak.

ROY'TEL-ET, n. [Fr. roitelet, from roi, king.]

A little king. [Not in use.] Heylin.


Wild; irregular. [Not in use.] Beaum.