Definitions for: Yoke


[n] stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together
[n] fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
[n] connection between two things so they move together
[n] support consisting of a wooden frame across the shoulders that enables a person to carry buckets hanging from each end
[n] two items of the same kind
[v] put a yoke on; join with a yoke; of draft animals; "Yoke the draft horses together"
[v] link with or as with a yoke; "yoke the oxen together"
[v] become joined or linked together



Webster (1913) Definition: Yoke, n. (Chiefly Mach.)
A clamp or similar piece that embraces two other parts to
hold or unite them in their respective or relative positions,
as a strap connecting a slide valve to the valve stem, or the
soft iron block or bar permanently connecting the pole pieces
of an electromagnet, as in a dynamo.


Yoke (y[=o]k), n. [OE. yok, [yogh]oc, AS. geoc; akin to
D. juk, OHG. joh, G. joch, Icel. & Sw. ok, Dan. aag, Goth.
juk, Lith. jungas, Russ. igo, L. jugum, Gr. zy`gon, Skr.
yuga, and to L. jungere to join, Gr. ?, Skr. yui. [root]109,
280. Cf. Join, Jougs, Joust, Jugular, Subjugate,
Syzygy, Yuga, Zeugma.]
1. A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the
heads or necks for working together.

A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke, Untamed,
unconscious of the galling yoke. --Pope.

Note: The modern yoke for oxen is usually a piece of timber
hollowed, or made curving, near each end, and laid on
the necks of the oxen, being secured in place by two
bows, one inclosing each neck, and fastened through the
timber. In some countries the yoke consists of a flat
piece of wood fastened to the foreheads of the oxen by
thongs about the horns.

2. A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
Specifically:
(a) A frame of wood fitted to a person's shoulders for
carrying pails, etc., suspended on each side; as, a
milkmaid's yoke.
(b) A frame worn on the neck of an animal, as a cow, a
pig, a goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
(c) A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for
ringing it. See Illust. of Bell.
(d) A crosspiece upon the head of a boat's rudder. To its
ends lines are attached which lead forward so that the
boat can be steered from amidships.
(e) (Mach.) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
(f) (Arch.) A tie securing two timbers together, not used
for part of a regular truss, but serving a temporary
purpose, as to provide against unusual strain.
(g) (Dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or
the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the
waist or the skirt.

3. Fig.: That which connects or binds; a chain; a link; a
bond connection.

Boweth your neck under that blissful yoke . . .
Which that men clepeth spousal or wedlock.
--Chaucer.

This yoke of marriage from us both remove. --Dryden.

4. A mark of servitude; hence, servitude; slavery; bondage;
service.

Our country sinks beneath the yoke. --Shak.

My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. --Matt. xi.
30.

5. Two animals yoked together; a couple; a pair that work
together.

I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove
them. --Luke xiv.
19.

6. The quantity of land plowed in a day by a yoke of oxen.
[Obs.] --Gardner.

7. A portion of the working day; as, to work two yokes, that
is, to work both portions of the day, or morning and
afternoon. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

Neck yoke, Pig yoke. See under Neck, and Pig.

Yoke elm (Bot.), the European hornbeam ({Carpinus
Betulus}), a small tree with tough white wood, often used
for making yokes for cattle.


Yoke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yoked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Yoking.]
1. To put a yoke on; to join in or with a yoke; as, to yoke
oxen, or pair of oxen.

2. To couple; to join with another. ``Be ye not unequally
yoked with unbelievers.'' --2 Cor. vi. 14.

Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb. --Shak.

3. To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to
confine.

Then were they yoked with garrisons. --Milton.

The words and promises that yoke The conqueror are
quickly broke. --Hudibras.


Yoke, v. i.
To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to
consort closely; to mate.

We 'll yoke together, like a double shadow. --Shak.

Synonyms: brace, couple, couplet, coupling, distich, doubleton, duad, duet, duo, dyad, link, pair, span, twain, twosome

Antonyms: unyoke

See Also: 2, attach, cloth, conjoin, connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion, deuce, fabric, garment, II, inspan, join, material, saddlery, stable gear, support, tack, textile, tucker, two

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