1. A long oar used at the stern of a boat and moved from side to side to propel the boat forward.
2. One of a pair of light oars designed for use by a single rower.
3. A small light racing boat for one, two, or four rowers, each using a pair of sculls.
v. sculled, scull·ing, sculls
To propel (a boat) with a scull or a pair of sculls.
1. To use a scull or a pair of sculls to propel a boat.
2. To generate propulsion, as in swimming, with a motion resembling that of a single scull oar.
[Middle English sculle.]
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