rowlock [roh-lok; for 3 also Nautical rol-uh k, ruhl-] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun Architecture. one of several concentric rings of masonry forming an arch. a brick laid on edge, especially as a header.Compare. Chiefly British. .
Also(for defs 1, 2). Origin of rowlock 1740–50; variant of ; see Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for rowlock Historical Examples of rowlock
Then, without any command, you will ship the oar; in other words, drop the loom into the rowlock.
Not one failed to ship his oar, or drop it into the rowlock.
She now took the other oar from the rowlock, and was about to rise, when the bishop shouted to her.
Frank R. Stockton
The tongues are in glass jars which you can break with a stone or a rowlock.
George A. Birmingham
Tie your handkerchief round that rowlock, and I’ll tie mine round this.
Percy James Brebner
British Dictionary definitions for rowlock rowlock noun a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowingUsual US and Canadian word: oarlock Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012