noun, plural yokes for 1, 3–20, yoke for 2.
- the time during which a plowman and team work without stopping; a period of plowing.
- a measure or area of land equal to over 50 but less than 60 acres.
verb (used with object), yoked, yok·ing.
verb (used without object), yoked, yok·ing.
Origin of yoke1
Examples from the Web for yoke
Did a group of righteous warriors throw off the yoke of imperial oppression?
When the state acts wrongly, the yoke of that sin falls upon all who do not protest.Israeli High Court Judges Let the Oppressed Go Free at Yom Kippur|Joshua Bloom|September 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And, indeed, the Framers were armed revolutionaries who understood that guns were useful for throwing off the yoke of tyranny.
The U.S. is actually holding up its end of the bargain quite well, and assuming the yoke of economic leadership.Hey America, Where Are You? U.S. Has Slim Presence at Davos|Daniel Gross|January 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Obama, finally freed from the yoke of reelection, could live out the true meaning of his promise.
Let us renounce and throw off forever the yoke of a tyranny more oppressive than any in the annals of the world.Elson Grammar School Literature, Book Four.|William H. Elson
They keep silence, these people, under the yoke they have borne for generations.Our Journey to the Hebrides|Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell
But here we are again fallen back under the yoke of- 38 - Church and State.God and the State|Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin
There is ancient authority for the claim that it is good to "learn to bear the yoke in one's youth."The Story of General Pershing|Everett T. (Everett Titsworth) Tomlinson
The yoke is simply laid across their necks, and prevented from slipping by straight pieces of wood on each side.The Kingdom of the Yellow Robe|Ernest Young
noun plural yokes or yoke
Word Origin for yoke
Old English geoc "yoke," earlier geoht "pair of draft animals," from Proto-Germanic *yukam (cf. Old Saxon juk, Old Norse ok, Danish aag, Middle Dutch joc, Dutch juk, Old High German joh, German joch, Gothic juk "yoke"), from PIE *jugom "joining" (see jugular). Figurative sense of "heavy burden, oppression, servitude" was in Old English.
Old English geocian, from yoke (n.). Related: Yoked; yoking.