[ roh-lok; for 3 also Nautical rol-uhk, ruhl- ]

  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).

  1. Chiefly British. oarlock.

Origin of rowlock

1740–50; variant of oarlock; see row2

Words Nearby rowlock Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rowlock in a sentence

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

    The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Carved, too, was the baling bowl, and the loom of the oar was carved in curving lines from rowlock leather to hand.

    Wulfric the Weapon Thane | Charles W. Whistler
  • Then it won't slip out of the rowlock and sail off, leaving you to wait until somebody happens along to pick you up.

    Ethel Morton at Chautauqua | Mabell S. C. Smith
  • I bade her hand me hers, and she did it instantly, sliding it along to my rowlock and losing but a single stroke.

    Carette of Sark | John Oxenham
  • Joe noticed that the oars were muffled with sennit, and that even the rowlock sockets were protected with leather.

British Dictionary definitions for rowlock


/ (ˈrɒlək) /

  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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