Definition of "yoke" []

  • A crossbar with two U-shaped pieces that encircle the necks of a pair of oxen or other draft animals working together. (noun)
  • A pair of draft animals, such as oxen, joined by a yoke. (noun)
  • A bar used with a double harness to connect the collar of each horse to the pole of a wagon or coach. (noun)
  • A frame designed to be carried across a person's shoulders with equal loads suspended from each end. (noun)
  • Nautical A crossbar on a ship's rudder to which the steering cables are connected. (noun)
  • A wooden frame, usually consisting of a bar with an oxbow or similar collar-like piece at either end, for attaching to the necks of a pair of draught animals, esp oxen, so that they can be worked as a team (noun)

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  • Something resembling a yoke in form or function, such as a frame fitting over a person's shoulders for carrying buckets suspended at either end (noun)
  • A fitted part of a garment, esp around the neck, shoulders, and chest or around the hips, to which a gathered, pleated, flared, or unfitted part is attached (noun)
  • An immense oppressive force or burden (noun)
  • A pair of oxen or other draught animals joined together by a yoke (noun)
  • A part, esp one of relatively thick cross section, that secures two or more components so that they move together (noun)
  • A crosshead that transmits the drive of an opposed piston engine from the upper of a pair of linked pistons to the crankshaft through a connecting rod (noun)
  • A steel framework around the formwork during the casting of concrete (noun)
  • A crossbar fixed athwartships to the head of a rudderpost in a small boat, to which are attached ropes or cables for steering (noun)
  • A Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc (noun)
  • (in the ancient world) a symbolic reconstruction of a yoke, consisting of two upright spears with a third lashed across them, under which conquered enemies were compelled to march, esp in Rome (noun)
  • A mark, token, or symbol of slavery, subjection, or suffering (noun)
  • A link, tie, or bond (noun)
  • A period of steady work, esp the time during which a ploughman and his team work at a stretch (noun)
  • Any device, unusual object, or gadget (noun)
  • To secure or harness (a draught animal) to (a plough, vehicle, etc) by means of a yoke (verb)
  • To join or be joined by means of a yoke; couple, unite, or link (verb)
  • To oppress, burden, or enslave (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "yoke" in a sentence
  • "_Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor_, &c. The word here rendered _servants_ means SLAVES, converted to the Christian faith; and the word rendered _yoke_ signifies the _state of slavery_ in which"
  • "Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning union, from which the English word yoke is derived."
  • "Your will was strong, but my grandfather's trust which you accepted and did not fulfill -- what you call his yoke -- is the expression of something stronger, with deeper, farther-spreading roots, knit into the foundations of sacredness for all men."