Definition of "oarlock" [oar•lock]

  • (noun) A device, usually a U-shaped metal hoop on a swivel in the gunwale, used to hold an oar in place and as a fulcrum in rowing.

Use "oarlock" in a sentence

  • "I put my oars in the oarlocks and closed the oarlock gates to hold them in place, taking my time and tightening the nut securely."
  • "All sailed Venetian craft had oarlock; ALL boat craft had oar locks, so this doesn't mean its not a sailed boat."
  • "Just a glimpse of water through the oarlock was enough to warn him where to dip the oar to avoid waves and eddies."

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