A yoke used for oxen.
1. An example of yoke is the wood that oxen are hooked to on an old-style plow. 2. A bar used across the shoulders to balance a load equally on both sides is an example of a yoke. 3. The frame that a heavy bell is hung on is an example of a yoke.
nounpl. yokes or
- a wooden frame or bar with loops or bows at either end, fitted around the necks of a pair of oxen, etc. for harnessing them together
- a pair of animals harnessed together: a yoke of oxen
- a device symbolizing a yoke, as an arch of spears, under which the conquered were forced to pass in ancient times
- any mark or symbol of bondage or servitude
- subjection; bondage; servitude
- something that binds, unites, or connects: the yoke of matrimony
- something like a yoke in shape or function; specif.,
- a frame fitting over the shoulders for carrying pails, etc., one on either end
- a clamp, coupling, slotted piece, etc. used to hold two parts together
- a crosspiece on a boat's rudder, to which the steering cables are attached
- the bar used in double harnessing to connect the horse's collar to the tongue of the wagon or carriage
- a part of a garment fitted closely to the shoulders, as of a dress, or to the hips, as of a skirt, as a support for gathered parts
- Elec. a piece of magnetic material, without windings, that permanently connects two or more magnet cores
- Electronics an assembly of coils and magnetic material placed about the neck of a cathode-ray tube to provide electromagnetic deflection fields for the electron beam
Origin of yokeMiddle English yok from Old English geoc, akin to German joch from Indo-European an unverified form yugo- (from source Sanskrit yuga, Classical Latin jungere, jugum, Classical Greek zeugma, Welsh iau, Old Church Slavonic igo) from base an unverified form yeu-, to join
transitive verbyoked, yok′ing
- to put a yoke on
- to harness (an animal) to (a plow, etc.)
- to join together; link
- to join in marriage
- Rare to enslave
- a. A contoured crossbar having two U-shaped attachments that fit around the necks of a team of oxen or other draft animals, with a central ring for hitching the team to a cart, plow, or other load.b. pl. yoke, or yokes A pair of draft animals, such as oxen, joined by a yoke.c. A bar used with a double harness to connect the collar of each horse to the pole of a wagon or coach.
- A frame designed to be carried across a person's shoulders with equal loads suspended from each end.
- Nautical A crossbar on a ship's rudder to which the steering cables are connected.
- A clamp or vise that holds a machine part in place or controls its movement or that holds two such parts together.
- A piece of a garment that is closely fitted, either around the neck and shoulders or at the hips, and from which an unfitted or gathered part of the garment is hung.
- Something that connects or joins together; a bond or tie.
- Electronics A series of two or more magnetic recording heads fastened securely together for playing or recording on more than one track simultaneously.
- a. Any of various emblems of subjugation, such as a structure made of two upright spears with a third laid across them, under which conquered enemies of ancient Rome were forced to march in subjection.b. The condition of being subjugated by or as if by a conqueror; subjugation or bondage: 14th-century Russia under the Tatar yoke; the yoke of drug addiction.
verbyoked, yok·ing, yokes
- To fit or join with a yoke.
- a. To harness a draft animal to.b. To harness (a draft animal) to a vehicle or an implement.
- To join together; bind: partners who were yoked together for life.
- To force into heavy labor, bondage, or subjugation.
Origin of yokeMiddle English from Old English geoc ; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
- A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
- A pair (of animals, especially oxen).
- A frame made to fit the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying a pair of buckets, etc., one at each end of the frame.
- A frame worn on the neck of an animal, such as a cow, pig, or goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
- (figuratively) A burden; something which represses or restrains a person.
- A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it.
- The part of a shirt that stretches over the shoulders, usually made out of a doubled piece of fabric. Or, a pair of fabric panels on trousers (especially jeans) or a skirt, across the back of the garment below the waistband.
- (bodybuilding) Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.
- (aviation) The column-mounted control wheel of an aircraft.
- (electronics) The electro-magnetic coil that deflects the electron beam in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube).
- (nautical) A fitting placed across the head of the rudder with a line attached at each end by which a boat may be steered. In modern use it is primarily found in sailing canoes and kayaks.
- (agriculture, dated, uncommon) An alternative name for a cowpoke.
- (glassblowing) A Y-shaped stand used to support a blowpipe or punty while reheating in the glory hole.
- (engineering) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
- A tie securing two timbers together, not used for part of a regular truss, but serving a temporary purpose, as to provide against unusual strain.
- (dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
- The amount of land ploughed in a day by a pair of oxen.
- A portion of the working day.
- to work two yokes, i.e. to work both morning and afternoon
- (informal, Ireland) A miscellaneous object; a gadget.
- Common misspelling of yolk.
(third-person singular simple present yokes, present participle yoking, simple past and past participle yoked)
From Old English Ä¡eoc, from Proto-Germanic *jukÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *yugÃ³m. Cognate with West Frisian jok, Dutch juk, German Joch, Danish Ã¥g, Swedish ok, Gothic ðŒ¾ðŒ¿ðŒº (juk), Latin iugum (English jugular), Greek Î¶Ï…Î³ÏŒÏ‚ (zugÃ³s, “yoke"), Sanskrit à¤¯à¥à¤— (yugÃ¡, “yoke, team"), Old Church Slavonic Ð¸Ð³Ð¾ (igo) (Russian Ð¸Ð³Ð¾ (igo)), Persian ÛŒÙˆØº (yuÄŸ). Compare yoga.