Yoke

Definition of Yoke

Pronunciation: yōk
n.1.
1.A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
2.(Mach.) A frame or piece resembling a yoke, as in use or shape.
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.
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.
8.(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.
Neck 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.
v. t.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.
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.
v. i.1.To be joined or associated; to be intimately connected; to consort closely; to mate.
We 'll yoke together, like a double shadow.
- Shak.

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