rowlock

[ roh-lok; for 3 also Nautical rol-uhk, ruhl- ]
/ ˈroʊˌlɒk; for 3 also Nautical ˈrɒl ək, ˈrʌl- /

noun

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.

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Origin of rowlock

1740–50; variant of oarlock; see row2
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British Dictionary definitions for rowlock

rowlock
/ (ˈrɒlək) /

noun

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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