- a device for joining together a pair of draft animals, especially oxen, usually consisting of a crosspiece with two bow-shaped pieces, each enclosing the head of an animal.Compare harness(def 1).
- a pair of draft animals fastened together by a yoke: five yoke of oxen.
- something resembling a yoke or a bow of a yoke in form or use.
- a frame fitting the neck and shoulders of a person, for carrying a pair of buckets or the like, one at each end.
- an agency of oppression, subjection, servitude, etc.
- an emblem or symbol of subjection, servitude, slavery, etc., as an archway under which prisoners of war were compelled to pass by the ancient Romans and others.
- something that couples or binds together; a bond or tie.
- Machinery. a viselike piece gripping two parts firmly together.
- Also called fork. a forklike termination for a rod or shaft, inside which another part is secured.
- a fitting for the neck of a draft animal for suspending the tongue of a cart, carriage, etc., from a harness.
- a crosshead attached to the upper piston of an opposed-piston engine with rods to transmit power to the crankshaft.
- (in an airplane) a double handle, somewhat like a steering wheel in form, by which the elevators are controlled.
- Nautical. a crossbar on the head of the rudder of a small boat, having lines or chains attached to the ends so as to permit the steering of the boat from forward.
- spreader beam.
- a shaped piece in a garment, fitted about or below the neck and shoulders or about the hips, from which the rest of the garment hangs.
- a horizontal piece forming the top of a window frame.
- a Y-shaped piece connecting branch pipes with a main soil pipe.
- Television. an electromagnetic assembly placed around the neck of a cathode-ray tube to produce and control the scanning motion of electron beams inside the tube.
- British Dialect. (especially in Kent)
- 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.
- a word formerly used in communications to represent the letter Y.
- to put a yoke on; join or couple by means of a yoke.
- to attach (a draft animal) to a plow or vehicle: to yoke oxen.
- to harness a draft animal to (a plow or vehicle): to yoke a wagon.
- to join, couple, link, or unite.
- Obsolete. to bring into subjection or servitude.
- to be or become joined, linked, or united.
Origin of yoke1
Synonyms for yokeSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for yokecoupling, chain, nexus, servility, oppression, ligature, burden, slavery, service, link, knot, tie, servitude, serfdom, enslavement, peonage, ligament, buckle, secure, unite
Examples from the Web for yoke
Contemporary Examples of yoke
Did a group of righteous warriors throw off the yoke of imperial oppression?Don't Let the Maccabees Win
December 4, 2013
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
September 18, 2013
And, indeed, the Framers were armed revolutionaries who understood that guns were useful for throwing off the yoke of tyranny.Justice Scalia Goes Gun Crazy
August 22, 2013
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
January 23, 2013
Obama, finally freed from the yoke of reelection, could live out the true meaning of his promise.What Progressives Want From Obama’s Second Term
November 26, 2012
Historical Examples of yoke
He riveted on the gods his enemies the yoke which had been resting on them.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
They may win, and if they do, it will be our necks that will be put into the yoke--or the halter.In the Valley
The yoke of the Genoese continued longest, and was the heaviest.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
The smoking cattle held their noses low, and swayed beneath the yoke.Tiverton Tales
Once it was so huge that three hundred yoke of oxen could hardly move it.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
- a wooden frame, usually consisting of a bar with an oxbow or similar collar-like piece at either end, for attaching to the necks of a pair of draught animals, esp oxen, so that they can be worked as a team
- something resembling a yoke in form or function, such as a frame fitting over a person's shoulders for carrying buckets suspended at either end
- a fitted part of a garment, esp around the neck, shoulders, and chest or around the hips, to which a gathered, pleated, flared, or unfitted part is attached
- an immense oppressive force or burdenunder the yoke of a tyrant
- a pair of oxen or other draught animals joined together by a yoke
- a part, esp one of relatively thick cross section, that secures two or more components so that they move together
- a crosshead that transmits the drive of an opposed piston engine from the upper of a pair of linked pistons to the crankshaft through a connecting rod
- a steel framework around the formwork during the casting of concrete
- nautical a crossbar fixed athwartships to the head of a rudderpost in a small boat, to which are attached ropes or cables for steering
- a Y-shaped cable, rope, or chain, used for holding, towing, etc
- (in the ancient world) a symbolic reconstruction of a yoke, consisting of two upright spears with a third lashed across them, under which conquered enemies were compelled to march, esp in Rome
- a mark, token, or symbol of slavery, subjection, or suffering
- rare a link, tie, or bondthe yoke of love
- British dialect a period of steady work, esp the time during which a ploughman and his team work at a stretch
- Irish any device, unusual object, or gadgetwhere's the yoke for opening tins?
- (tr) to secure or harness (a draught animal) to (a plough, vehicle, etc) by means of a yoke
- to join or be joined by means of a yoke; couple, unite, or link
- (tr) obsolete to oppress, burden, or enslave
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.