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


Architecture. one of several concentric rings of masonry forming an arch.
a brick laid on edge, especially as a header.Compare soldier(def 7).
Chiefly British. oarlock.

Also rollock (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of rowlock

1740–50; variant of oarlock; see row2 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.

    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

British Dictionary definitions for rowlock



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
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