To bind in fetters; to enchain.
- Enfettered to her love. — Shakespeare.
A bar or frame of wood by which two oxen are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
* Alexander Pope
A pair (of animals, especially oxen).
* 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , Luke XIV:
- A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke, / Untamed, unconscious of the galling yoke .
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 ,
- And another sayd: I have bought fyve yooke of oxen, and I must goo to prove them, I praye the have me excused.
(bodybuilding) Well-developed muscles of the neck and shoulders.
* 2010 , Jim Wendler, "Build an NFL Neck", Men's Fitness (April), page 73.
- [...] 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.
(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.
- 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.
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.
* (aviation) control wheel
* pass under the yoke
* under the yoke
To link or to join.
To unite, to connect.
* Bible, 2 Corinthians vi. 14
- Muriel and Benjamin yoked themselves into an old governess-cart and did their share.
To enslave; to bring into bondage; to restrain; to confine.
- Be ye not unequally yoked with unbelievers.
- Then were they yoked with garrisons.
- The words and promises that yoke / The conqueror are quickly broke.
* yoke together