noun, plural yokes for 1, 3–20, yoke for 2.
- a device for joining together a pair of draft animals, especially oxen, usually consisting of a crosspiece with two bow-shaped pieces, each enclosing the head of an animal.Compare harness(def 1).
- a pair of draft animals fastened together by a yoke: five yoke of oxen.
- something resembling a yoke or a bow of a yoke in form or use.
- a frame fitting the neck and shoulders of a person, for carrying a pair of buckets or the like, one at each end.
- an agency of oppression, subjection, servitude, etc.
- an emblem or symbol of subjection, servitude, slavery, etc., as an archway under which prisoners of war were compelled to pass by the ancient Romans and others.
- something that couples or binds together; a bond or tie.
- Machinery. a viselike piece gripping two parts firmly together.
- Also called fork. a forklike termination for a rod or shaft, inside which another part is secured.
- a fitting for the neck of a draft animal for suspending the tongue of a cart, carriage, etc., from a harness.
- a crosshead attached to the upper piston of an opposed-piston engine with rods to transmit power to the crankshaft.
- (in an airplane) a double handle, somewhat like a steering wheel in form, by which the elevators are controlled.
- Nautical. a crossbar on the head of the rudder of a small boat, having lines or chains attached to the ends so as to permit the steering of the boat from forward.
- spreader beam.
- a shaped piece in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders or about the hips, from which the rest of the garment hangs.
- a horizontal piece forming the top of a window frame.
- a Y-shaped piece connecting branch pipes with a main soil pipe.
- Television. an electromagnetic assembly placed around the neck of a cathode-ray tube to produce and control the scanning motion of electron beams inside the tube.
- British Dialect. (especially in Kent)
- the time during which a plowman and team work without stopping; a period of plowing.
- a measure or area of land equal to over 50 but less than 60 acres.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter Y.
verb (used with object), yoked, yok·ing.
- to put a yoke on; join or couple by means of a yoke.
- to attach (a draft animal) to a plow or vehicle: to yoke oxen.
- to harness a draft animal to (a plow or vehicle): to yoke a wagon.
- to join, couple, link, or unite.
- Obsolete. to bring into subjection or servitude.
verb (used without object), yoked, yok·ing.
- to be or become joined, linked, or united.
noun plural yokes or yoke
- 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
- 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
- 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
- an immense oppressive force or burdenunder the yoke of a tyrant
- a pair of oxen or other draught animals joined together by a yoke
- a part, esp one of relatively thick cross section, that secures two or more components so that they move together
- 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
- a steel framework around the formwork during the casting of concrete
- nautical a crossbar fixed athwartships to the head of a rudderpost in a small boat, to which are attached ropes or cables for steering
- a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
- (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
- a mark, token, or symbol of slavery, subjection, or suffering
- rare a link, tie, or bondthe yoke of love
- British dialect a period of steady work, esp the time during which a ploughman and his team work at a stretch
- Irish any device, unusual object, or gadgetwhere’s the yoke for opening tins?
- (tr) to secure or harness (a draught animal) to (a plough, vehicle, etc) by means of a yoke
- to join or be joined by means of a yoke; couple, unite, or link
- (tr) obsolete to oppress, burden, or enslave
n.Old English geoc “yoke,” earlier geoht “pair of draft animals,” from Proto-Germanic *yukam (cf. Old Saxon juk, Old Norse ok, Danish aag, Middle Dutch joc, Dutch juk, Old High German joh, German joch, Gothic juk “yoke”), from PIE *jugom “joining” (see jugular). Figurative sense of “heavy burden, oppression, servitude” was in Old English. v.Old English geocian, from yoke (n.). Related: Yoked; yoking. n.