Yoke vs Rack - What's the difference?

yoke | rack |

As nouns the difference between yoke and rack

is that yoke is a bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together while rack is dress, skirt.

As a verb yoke

is to link or to join.




(en noun)
  • A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke, / Untamed, unconscious of the galling yoke .
  • A pair (of animals, especially oxen).
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke XIV:
  • And another sayd: I have bought fyve yooke of oxen, and I must goo to prove them, I praye the have me excused.
  • A frame made to fit the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying a pair of buckets, etc., one at each end of the frame.
  • A frame worn on the neck of an animal, such as a cow, pig, or goose, to prevent passage through a fence.
  • (figuratively) A burden; something which represses or restrains a person.
  • A frame or convex piece by which a bell is hung for ringing it.
  • The part of a shirt that stretches over the shoulders, usually made out of a doubled piece of fabric. Or, a pair of fabric panels on trousers (especially jeans) or a skirt, across the back of the garment below the waistband.
  • * 1913 ,
  • [...] this city child was dressed in what was then called the "Kate Greenaway" manner, and her red cashmere frock, gathered full from the yoke , came almost to the floor.
  • (bodybuilding) Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.
  • * 2010 , Jim Wendler, "Build an NFL Neck", Men's Fitness (April), page 73.
  • Nothing says you're a dedicated lifter and true athlete more than a massive yoke —that is, the muscles of the neck, traps, and rear delts.
  • (aviation) The column-mounted of an aircraft.
  • (electronics) The electro-magnetic coil that deflects the electron beam in a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube).
  • (nautical) A fitting placed across the head of the rudder with a line attached at each end by which a boat may be steered. In modern use it is primarily found in sailing canoes and kayaks.
  • (agriculture, dated, uncommon) An alternative name for a cowpoke.
  • (glassblowing) A Y-shaped stand used to support a blowpipe or punty while reheating in the glory hole.
  • (engineering) A bent crosspiece connecting two other parts.
  • 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.
  • (dressmaking) A band shaped to fit the shoulders or the hips, and joined to the upper full edge of the waist or the skirt.
  • The amount of land ploughed in a day by a pair of oxen.
  • (Gardner)
  • A portion of the working day.
  • to work two yokes , i.e. to work both morning and afternoon
  • (informal, Ireland) A miscellaneous object; a gadget.
  • Synonyms

    * (aviation) control wheel

    Derived terms

    * pass under the yoke * under the yoke


  • To link or to join.
  • *
  • Muriel and Benjamin yoked themselves into an old governess-cart and did their share.
  • To unite, to connect.
  • * Bible, 2 Corinthians vi. 14
  • Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers.
  • To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
  • * Milton
  • Then were they yoked with garrisons.
  • * Hudibras
  • The words and promises that yoke / The conqueror are quickly broke.

    Derived terms

    * yoke together



    (wikipedia rack)

    Etymology 1

    See Dutch rekken


    (en noun)
  • A series of one or more shelves, stacked one above the other
  • Any of various kinds of frame for holding clothes, bottles, animal fodder, mined ore, shot on a vessel, etc.
  • (nautical) A piece or frame of wood, having several sheaves, through which the running rigging passes; called also rack block.
  • A distaff.
  • A bar with teeth]] on its face or edge, to work with those of a gearwheel, [[pinion#Etymology 2, pinion, or worm, which is to drive or be driven by it.
  • A bar with teeth on its face or edge, to work with a pawl as a ratchet allowing movement in one direction only, used for example in a handbrake or crossbow.
  • A device, incorporating a ratchet, used to torture victims by stretching them beyond their natural limits.
  • * Macaulay
  • During the troubles of the fifteenth century, a rack was introduced into the Tower, and was occasionally used under the plea of political necessity.
  • A cranequin, a mechanism including a rack, pinion and pawl, providing both mechanical advantage and a ratchet, used to bend and a crossbow.
  • A pair of antlers (as on deer, moose or elk).
  • A cut of meat involving several adjacent ribs.
  • I bought a rack of lamb at the butcher's yesterday.
  • (billiards, snooker, pool) A hollow triangle used for aligning the balls at the start of a game.
  • See [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rack_%28billiards%29]
  • (slang) A woman's breasts.
  • (climbing, caving) A friction device for abseiling, consisting of a frame with 5 or more metal bars, around which the rope is threaded. Also rappel rack'', ''abseil rack .
  • (climbing, slang) A climber's set of equipment for setting up protection and belays, consisting of runners, slings, karabiners, nuts, Friends, etc.
  • I used almost a full rack on the second pitch.
  • A grate on which bacon is laid.
  • (obsolete) That which is extorted; exaction.
  • Derived terms
    * autorack * bike rack * cheese rack/cheese-rack * gun rack * spice rack * roof rack * toast rack


    (en verb)
  • To place in or hang on a rack.
  • To torture (someone) on the rack.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • He was racked and miserably tormented.
  • * 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 228:
  • As the poet Sir Thomas Wyatt later recalled, his father, Henry VII's jewel-house keeper Henry Wyatt, had been racked on the orders of Richard III, who had sat there and watched.
  • To cause (someone) to suffer pain.
  • * Milton
  • Vaunting aloud but racked with deep despair.
  • (figurative) To stretch or strain; to harass, or oppress by extortion.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Try what my credit can in Venice do; / That shall be racked even to the uttermost.
  • * Spenser
  • The landlords there shamefully rack their tenants.
  • * Fuller
  • They rack a Scripture simile beyond the true intent thereof.
  • (billiards, snooker, pool) To put the balls into the triangular rack and set them in place on the table.
  • (slang) To strike a male in the groin with the knee.
  • To (manually) load (a round of ammunition) from the magazine or belt into firing position in an automatic or semiautomatic firearm.
  • (mining) To wash (metals, ore, etc.) on a rack.
  • (nautical) To bind together, as two ropes, with cross turns of yarn, marline, etc.
  • Etymology 2



    (en verb)
  • stretch joints of a person
  • Derived terms
    * rack one's brain

    Etymology 3

    Probably from (etyl)


    (en verb)
  • To fly, as vapour or broken clouds
  • Noun

  • Thin, flying, broken clouds, or any portion of floating vapour in the sky.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The winds in the upper region, which move the clouds above, which we call the rack , pass without noise.
  • * Charles Kingsley
  • And the night rack came rolling up.

    Etymology 4

    (etyl) rakken


    (en verb)
  • (brewing) To clarify, and thereby deter further fermentation of, beer, wine or cider by draining or siphoning it from the dregs.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • It is in common practice to draw wine or beer from the lees (which we call racking ), whereby it will clarify much the sooner.

    Etymology 5

    See , or rock (verb).


    (en verb)
  • (of a horse) To amble fast, causing a rocking or swaying motion of the body; to pace.
  • (Fuller)


    (en noun)
  • A fast amble.
  • Etymology 6

    See wreck.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A wreck; destruction.
  • * Samuel Pepys
  • All goes to rack .
    Derived terms
    * rack and ruin