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rowlock

[roh-lok; for 3 also Nautical rol-uh k, ruhl-] /ˈroʊˌlɒk; for 3 also Nautical ˈrɒl ək, ˈrʌl-/
noun
1.
Architecture. one of several concentric rings of masonry forming an arch.
2.
a brick laid on edge, especially as a header.
Compare soldier (def 7).
3.
Chiefly British. oarlock.
Also, rollock (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of rowlock
1740-1750
1740-50; variant of oarlock; see row2
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  • Then, without any command, you will ship the oar; in other words, drop the loom into the rowlock.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • Not one failed to ship his oar, or drop it into the rowlock.

    The Boat Club Oliver Optic
  • She now took the other oar from the rowlock, and was about to rise, when the bishop shouted to her.

    The Associate Hermits Frank R. Stockton
  • The tongues are in glass jars which you can break with a stone or a rowlock.

    Priscilla's Spies George A. Birmingham
  • Tie your handkerchief round that rowlock, and I'll tie mine round this.

    Christopher Quarles Percy James Brebner
  • The thole-pins should stand absolutely straight from the sill of the rowlock.

    Rowing Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  • (The word boat includes the ship, crew, and oars, if in rowlock).

    Rowing Rudolf Chambers Lehmann
  • Yesterday he was complaining that his rowlock was too high, and he had leave to lower it accordingly.

    Boating W. B. Woodgate
  • As Constans paddled out into the stream he heard the steady thumping of oars in rowlock.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Hillers, with only one rowlock, could not use his oars, so the work devolved entirely on me.

    The Romance of the Colorado River Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
British Dictionary definitions for rowlock

rowlock

/ˈrɒlək/
noun
1.
a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowing Usual US and Canadian word oarlock
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