(Row"lock) n. [For oarlock; AS. rloc, where the second part is skin to G. loch a hole, E. lock
a fastening. See Oar, and Lock.] (Naut.) A contrivance or arrangement serving as a fulcrum for an
oar in rowing. It consists sometimes of a notch in the gunwale of a boat, sometimes of a pair of pins
between which the oar rests on the edge of the gunwale, sometimes of a single pin passing through the
oar, or of a metal fork or stirrup pivoted in the gunwale and suporting the oar.
(Rown) v. i. & t. see Roun. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Row"port) n. (Naut.) An opening in the side of small vessels of war, near the surface of the
water, to facilitate rowing in calm weather.
(Rox"burgh) n. [From the third duke of Roxburgh a noted book collector who had his books
so bound.] A style of bookbinding in which the back is plain leather, the sides paper or cloth, the top
gilt-edged, but the front and bottom left uncut.
(Roy) n. [F. roi.] A king. [obs.]
(Roy), a. Royal. [Obs.] Chapman.
(Roy"al) a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king.
See Rich, and cf. regal, real a coin, Rial.]
1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen; regal; as, royal power or
prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state.
2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely.
How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?Shak.
3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of
Arts; the Royal Society.
Battle royal. See under Battle. - - Royal bay (Bot.), the classic laurel (Laurus nobilis.) Royal
eagle. (Zoöl.) See Golden eagle, under Golden. Royal fern (Bot.), the handsome fern Osmunda
regalis. See Osmund. Royal mast (Naut.), the mast next above the topgallant mast and usually
the highest on a square-rigged vessel. The royal yard and royal sail are attached to the royal mast.
Royal metal, an old name for gold. Royal palm (Bot.), a magnificent West Indian palm tree
lately discovered also in Florida. Royal pheasant. See Curassow. Royal purple, an intense
violet color, verging toward blue. Royal tern (Zoöl.), a large, crested American tern Royal tiger.
(Zoöl.) See Tiger. Royal touch, the touching of a diseased person by the hand of a king, with the
view of restoring to health; formerly extensively practiced, particularly for the scrofula, or king's evil.
Syn. Kingly; regal; monarchical; imperial; kinglike; princely; august; majestic; superb; splendid; illustrious; noble; magnanimous.
1. Printing and writing papers of particular sizes. See under paper, n.
2. (Naut.) A small sail immediately above the topgallant sail. Totten.
3. (Zoöl.) One of the upper or distal branches of an antler, as the third and fourth tynes of the antlers of
4. (Gun.) A small mortar.