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oarlock

[ awr-lok, ohr- ]
/ ˈɔrˌlɒk, ˈoʊr- /
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noun

any of various devices providing a pivot for an oar in rowing, especially a swiveling, crutchlike or ringlike metal device projecting above a gunwale.

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Also called rowlock.

Origin of oarlock

before 1100; Middle English orlok,Old English ārloc.See oar, lock1
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British Dictionary definitions for oarlock

oarlock
/ (ˈɔːˌlɒk) /

noun

US and Canadian a swivelling device attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds an oar in place and acts as a fulcrum during rowingAlso called: rowlock
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